Thanks! Google has been my go-to friend for all of my problems, and so far there hasn't been anything a repot in some new bark and some TLC couldn't fix, but if I've learned anything these past few months, its that you can never take your plant's health for granted. You always have to be vigilant and attentive to their needs.
Also, that orchid with the root rot? It's a miniature Phalaenopsis that I got out-of-bloom for a quarter. After a couple of months with no growth, I finally dug under the sphagnum moss and found out what was wrong- its bark chips had rotted. Once I had washed off the decomposing sludge and snipped off the dead roots, I repotted it in some new bark chips with some sphagnum moss topping to help it hold water, and voila! 7 weeks later I got a leaf spike!
Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident. Just today I cracked open a Dendrobium with the very same problem, but it still has plenty of roots to support it, unlike my poor Phalaenopsis. Thank goodness I still had that bag of bark chips lying around! I'm also looking forward to recycling the sludge- it makes a great potting mix when you add in some perlite and diatomaceous earth. Not for orchids, of course, but some of my plants appreciate a richer soil.
Anyway, here are some pics!
Or, here would be pics, if the upload hadn't failed. Does anyone have suggestions about how to upload pictures from an SD card?