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Pot size/shape for my Phal?

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My phal that I rescued a few years back just finished blooming, and I think I need to re-pot it. For the past year, it has been living in a pyrex bowl (after it outgrew its last pot I didn't have money to buy a new pot). It doesn't seem to mind though, it has bloomed one and a half times (the cat ate the first spike) and produced some new leaves. However, with all the aerial roots I am thinking it's time for a new home.

Any suggestions on (a) whether it needs a new pot, or (b) what size/shape pot I should use?

I'm concerned that those long roots are going to be impossible to put in anything but a deep pot. But I feel like a deep pot might not offer enough air and/or result in too much medium for the amount of roots (my understanding is that they don't like too much room).

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Edit: Yeah, I know it's leaning terribly - I potted it pointing upward but it slowly lurched over.
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How about a wooden basket?
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BEFORE you repot it, soak the roots so that they go green and become pliable, otherwise they'll snap when you try and manipulate them into a pot.

You need to put it in a pot around the same size as that perspex bowl, and hold the plant upright while moving the roots into place then gently place the potting media in around the roots.

Nead the media in around the roots gently by squeezing the pot like a massage and rotating it around while doing it, this will get the potting media to fill the spaces in between the roots and help gently compress it, so that the plant becomes stable and stays upright once you have finished.

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Wet the roots until they turn green before attempting repotting.
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Amazing root system. I'm also curious on how you've been watering it, don't look like there are any holes in that container.
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Re: watering. Once a week, I fill the container with room temperature water and let it soak for an hour, then use my hand to hold the bark in while I drain it.
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