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Old 01-05-2021, 05:50 PM
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I am a novice gardener with my very first orchid. I got it a month ago and I know I overwatered it. I then clipped off the rotting roots and repotted in new orchid bark 2 weeks ago.

Now I notice little white things in the bark. What are these and what can I do about them?

I will try to attach pictures.

Thank you so much!
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Old 01-05-2021, 07:27 PM
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if you are talking about the white stuff in your bark, it looks like perlite to me. it helps aerate the bark
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Old 01-05-2021, 08:43 PM
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The larger white chunks are perlite, a type of potting media. No worries about it being a nest/cocoon.

If you are failing to capture a clear pic of a smaller white insect/arthropod (rightfully so haha) in the potting media, it is possibly a springtail or isopod. Both are harmless, and actually quite beneficial to have.

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Old 01-06-2021, 06:13 AM
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That is such a relief - thank you both!

I wondered if the white chunks were part of the potting bark mixture. I almost didn't ask except that I was panicking about white stuff. See, I am truly a novice!

I am glad the other is probably not alarming.

Whew!!!
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