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Old 01-31-2013, 01:26 AM
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trying a new repotting style

I have often repotted using mixed bark, hydroton rocks, kanuma.

With my Phals, one of them is in a hollowed out wooden container with hydroton rocks and kanuma. Initially it was working well, even actively growing a new leaf, but the old spikes has started to dwindle. I decided to repot and check as well the roots, true enough the roots are not doing good, getting too dried out, need to do some good trimming. Now thinking about going back to using some sphagnum moss, but I do not want to suffocate the roots nor make the media too moist, have already experienced rotting that way before.

So I removed first the old spikes, trimmed the roots then got some stockings and stuffed it with styro peanuts and some soaked sphagnum moss. My idea is, oftentimes they used stockings to mount orchids with a little sphagnum moss for moisture. I am not going to mount this, just using a typical orchid clay pot. So I lined some loose styro peanuts at the bottom of the pot then put in the baggie of styro peanuts and sphagnum moss I made, and I realized it seems better to do another baggie so it can sandwich the roots and make the plant stand up much better. In that way the roots can get some moisture from the sphagnum moss without entangling or being suffocated. I added the loose hydroton rocks and kanuma as top dressing.

So I will observe this Phal if it improves and if it does, I can use this method to my other orchids, and with the baggie easy to remove for future repotting needs. Here are some photos of the newly potted noid Phal.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:05 PM
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I find sometimes I have to experiment a bit also to grow things well in my environment. I hope that your little experiment is a success! Good luck!
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Thanks! I do want this Phal to survive, hopefully I gave it a new lease on its life
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Some plants/orchids just need environment-tweaking to survive.
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Just some photo update of my noid Phal, so far doing good. New leaf continues to grow shiny on the topside as it displays a purplish pink hue on its underside. Observing it, seems the purplish color is deeper at night time.
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Glad it is liking it's new medium. I think it looks healthy, it is hard to tell from the leaves the roots are struggling. I also have a phal that has a lot of purple tinting on a new leaf, it think it is just from increased light and maybe more sensitive as it is new.
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Just some update..so as I watered this Phal yesterday, I noticed it is doing another new leaf and I also saw some growth near the base, still not clear whether it is new roots or a spike in the making..but whatever it is..any new growth is worth celebrating for me!
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Sounds as though your experiment was a great success! Glad to hear the great news!
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Just a photo update.. so the new growth is a happy new root, and the 2nd new leaf is also growing slowly but surely. Just happy to see this one recover well
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On the bright side, the more roots, the more flowers.
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checking on the roots and further experiment

I bought hygrolon a few days back and was thinking maybe I can use it for my Phal. So I have decided to use this noid Phal that I have..seems to be a good candidate for this new experiment. At the same time I wanted to see how this noid Phal reacted to the previous potting experiment.

So here are the current roots it has. The plant did surprisingly well, good thick roots and I can see the roots punctured the stockings to get into the moist sphag inside. It was just a small amount of sphag so there is enough air around the root zone. I just had to wet the stockings and the roots a bit to pry away the root from the stocking media.

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Now I want to test and use hygrolon. I lke the texture of this fabric mesh. Can be cut in any shape or size and it does wick up water quite fast. I can also make baggies, to sandwich the roots just as I did in my other experiment, will just use some hydroton rocks and styrofoam as my fillers in the baggie. No sphag this time, hygrolon easily gets wet and takes awhile to dry.

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Noid phal with the hygrolon baggies
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Will update later on how it goes!
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Gotta love experiments!

Good luck with yours.
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