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Old 06-17-2018, 05:22 PM
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And just like that... the last, withered yellow leaf has fallen off a phal that was beautiful in mid-April. I suppose if I search on this forum I will find information on what to do next. *sigh*
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If it was the one on the left in the photo nearest the top of the page, it was done in by not enough water. Maybe by the time you got help it was already too late.

The hardest thing is to learn to give enough water while also giving plenty of air to the roots. With large bark like that, you could probably water every day. The pot has a lot more air holes than I think you need. Air holes are more useful for media with smaller air spaces.
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Yes, on the left. I don't know that the bark is as big as you think though, the biggest pieces are maybe the size and shape of a quarter, perhaps slightly thicker. Maybe a double-stack of quarters. Still, I defer to you experts.

Still blowing my mind though, that I have roots rotting away but the solution is water more often. I get it though... drive them to the edges of the pot. Gonna work on this. I'll water them more... what the heck the outcome can't be worse!
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The old roots were rotting because they didn't get enough air in the old medium, or perhaps they were too cold through the winter. Once repotted, the plant needed adequate water to grow. Phal roots can stay wet in habitat for weeks on end, but they are exposed to the air. Bark like yours has large enough spaces between the chunks that there should be plenty of air.

If you want to let your plants get dry between watering, you should water a Phal root as soon as it turns from green to silver. If there is plenty of air circulation they can stay always green.
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The entire point of the medium is to keep the air around the roots humid and to stabilize the orchid. You do not really need medium if you can accomplish keeping the roots happy in other ways. If you feel uncomfortable about the bark, you could try the 'vase method' or even growing your orchid in an empty pot. Both of these methods involve soaking or watering the orchid until the roots turn green, getting rid of the water, then using the pot/vase to help keep the roots humid.

Good luck with your Phal.
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