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Old 09-22-2018, 10:01 AM
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So I got this grocery store phal that was on clearance because it dropped its flowers. It's going crazy with root growth and it's got a dozen new buds on it. However, I'm seeing a few tiny little mushroom things in there. Otherwise, everything looks perfectly healthy.

The problem is - I'm about to move in a couple weeks and I was hoping to pack this one up with my other large/ in bud plants. I really don't want to risk spreading these weird mushrooms, so I'm not really sure what I should do. I really was hoping to let it bloom so I can see what color it is before I repot it, I don't want it to bud blast. Should I just go ahead and repot it and treat with physan 20, then would it be ok to pack with other plants? Or do I just need to keep it separate from others?
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:21 AM
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The mushrooms, de per si, don't cause any problems to the orchid. It just might mean that the medium is degradaded (it can also happen in new medium. The tiny spores can be transported anywhere).

As it's a Phal, it can be reppoted now but as you're about to move, and if the medium is breaking down, as soon as you're settled you can repot it with new medium.
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I wouldn't worry about the mushroom, but looking at your photo I think the plant is in need of a good watering. Looks very dry for a Phal.
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Mushroom and other fungal spores are in the air everywhere. You can't keep the spores out of anything.

Mushrooms grow on decaying organic matter in the pot, and will not hurt the orchid. The way to prevent mushroom growth is to prevent having decaying organic matter in a pot. This is impossible unless you use purely inorganic media, since all organic matter begins to decay as soon as it is dead.
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