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Old 08-25-2021, 12:25 AM
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ok, why is some of this Repotme Imperial Orchid Mix, in my repotted phal, green? like it’s alive.

maybe it is and my phal doesn’t like sharing, stealing our nutrients… and other unacceptable behavior.

but yes, green… one strand might be golden on one end and green, inches of it.

maybe it should dump it (repot again) and remove all that stuff.

my phal leaves are getting lots of red. not sure it’s light.
i think more food helps. feeding time tonight, i added much more food.

this green sphagnum … ever since i repotted 3-4 months ago.

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Old 08-25-2021, 12:55 AM
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I have seen sphagnum moss turn green, but I have never seen it actually increase in size, or notice any new growths after potting an orchid. I noticed some of my orchids' sphagnum moss turn green after some heavy rains this summer.

I usually get purplish leaves on the new growths of my Phalaenopsis orchids. They say it usually happens when you give them copious amounts of light though.
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Old 08-25-2021, 01:58 AM
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I have seen sphagnum moss turn green, but I have never seen it actually increase in size, or notice any new growths after potting an orchid. I noticed some of my orchids' sphagnum moss turn green after some heavy rains this summer.

I usually get purplish leaves on the new growths of my Phalaenopsis orchids. They say it usually happens when you give them copious amounts of light though.

crazy thing is: same light and locations, food and water x 2 years; new this (phal) year are: they chopped some of outside tree so ugly i put shader on lanai screen to hide; also very gray and rainy here; and so, i am already keep it cold all night person, more than usual times now, like when daylight.
so add that up, i thought i would need more/new light to rely on mostly only light. because of shader effect, but only direct glass door sun is last rays, extreme angle, now angle further loss, due to using table… or else i move it next glass 2 x a day, just to open close lanai curtain, am/pm.

maybe it’s cold. oh, i also went from plastic tray on carpet floor next to lanai door, to same place but a few inches farther from glass (not good) and UP 5” onto a very low table (tv stand)… so maybe adds even more cold,.. bigger pot, more moisture… dumb green moss.

so a lot has changed, maybe. idk.

i had this sphagnum before and never saw the IT’S ALIVE! green soylent.
the red increased over last month. never saw it like this; seems healthy. maybe because potted high, away from green monsters.
more will be revealed soon, i hope.

ps. airhead airplant says there’s plenty of moisture in the cool air. everybody else in here is fine.


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Old 08-25-2021, 08:25 AM
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it's algae on the spagnum. Looks good, the red leaves are turning green too
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Oh Tedro, leave that poor green moss alone! It's just making friends with the Bloom Machine. Bloom Machine is blushing with pleasure from having a new friend.
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it's algae on the spagnum. Looks good, the red leaves are turning green too
It looks like algae growing on the surface to me too. If it were live sphagnum, it would a be a uniform green and it would grow above the top of the pot. Even if it were alive, it wouldn't hurt your orchid. Sphagnum is a bog plant accustom to growing with very low nitrogen levels, so it won't rob you orchid of nutrients, and fertilizer might even kill it.

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Edit: You can buy live sphagnum for next to nothing on eBay and grow it yourself to satisfy your curiosity.
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It's algae, which is harmless. Increasing airflow may help control it.
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