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I just bought a new phal. It's in a 4" pot. The flower spike is
about 18" high with two branches. It has three beautiful large blooms
and about 12 buds. It has four large healthy leaves and is growing a
new one.

The pot is clear and I can see that it's absolutely filled with
roots. They are growing over the top and through the drain holes.
I'd say there's about 60 - 70% roots, the rest is bark.

I'm in a quandary. Should I leave it alone since it is doing so
wonderfully well or should I repot it so there can be more bark mix
for nutrients? I absolutely don't want to lose the blooms and buds.

Normally I repot my phals when the finish blooming. If they don't
need a larger pot then I just change the potting mix. If all goes
well it could be months before this phal stops blooming.

What should I do???

thanks

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Hi, Jane,

The answer is as clear as the pot. Leave it alone. You say the root system
is terrific; that's great. If you saw rot in there, then I'd say to repot,
but under the circumstances you're fine.

Aside from holding some moisture and nutrients when you feed/water, the bark
does not contribute to the overall health of your plant. On the other hand,
rotted bark can substantially harm the root system.

Diana

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I just bought a new phal. It's in a 4" pot. The flower spike is
about 18" high with two branches. It has three beautiful large blooms
and about 12 buds. It has four large healthy leaves and is growing a
new one.

The pot is clear and I can see that it's absolutely filled with
roots. They are growing over the top and through the drain holes.
I'd say there's about 60 - 70% roots, the rest is bark.

I'm in a quandary. Should I leave it alone since it is doing so
wonderfully well or should I repot it so there can be more bark mix
for nutrients? I absolutely don't want to lose the blooms and buds.

Normally I repot my phals when the finish blooming. If they don't
need a larger pot then I just change the potting mix. If all goes
well it could be months before this phal stops blooming.

What should I do???

thanks



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On Aug 15, 3:17 pm, "Diana Kulaga"
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Hi, Jane,

The answer is as clear as the pot. Leave it alone. You say the root system
is terrific; that's great. If you saw rot in there, then I'd say to repot,
but under the circumstances you're fine.

Aside from holding some moisture and nutrients when you feed/water, the bark
does not contribute to the overall health of your plant. On the other hand,
rotted bark can substantially harm the root system.

Diana

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I just bought a new phal. It's in a 4" pot. The flower spike is
about 18" high with two branches. It has three beautiful large blooms
and about 12 buds. It has four large healthy leaves and is growing a
new one.


The pot is clear and I can see that it's absolutely filled with
roots. They are growing over the top and through the drain holes.
I'd say there's about 60 - 70% roots, the rest is bark.


I'm in a quandary. Should I leave it alone since it is doing so
wonderfully well or should I repot it so there can be more bark mix
for nutrients? I absolutely don't want to lose the blooms and buds.


Normally I repot my phals when the finish blooming. If they don't
need a larger pot then I just change the potting mix. If all goes
well it could be months before this phal stops blooming.


What should I do???


thanks


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I just bought a new phal. It's in a 4" pot. The flower spike is
about 18" high with two branches. It has three beautiful large blooms
and about 12 buds. It has four large healthy leaves and is growing a
new one.

The pot is clear and I can see that it's absolutely filled with
roots. They are growing over the top and through the drain holes.
I'd say there's about 60 - 70% roots, the rest is bark.

I'm in a quandary. Should I leave it alone since it is doing so
wonderfully well or should I repot it so there can be more bark mix
for nutrients? I absolutely don't want to lose the blooms and buds.

Normally I repot my phals when the finish blooming. If they don't
need a larger pot then I just change the potting mix. If all goes
well it could be months before this phal stops blooming.

What should I do???

thanks
You should leave it alone until it has finished bloomimg. Water it from the top when you think it is getting dry and always allow it to drain. Remove any water remaining between the leaves, I use paper tissues for the job. Don't forget to give it some orchid fertilizer, my orchid books recommend adding fertilizer to three out of four waterings. I never cut the flowering stems back on my Phals until they have turned straw brown. I made that mistake only once!

Best of luck.
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You should leave it alone until it has finished bloomimg. Water it from the top when you think it is getting dry and always allow it to drain. Remove any water remaining between the leaves, I use paper tissues for the job. Don't forget to give it some orchid fertilizer, my orchid books recommend adding fertilizer to three out of four waterings. I never cut the flowering stems back on my Phals until they have turned straw brown. I made that mistake only once!

Best of luck.
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I just bought a new phal. *It's in a 4" pot. *The flower spike is
about 18" high with two branches. *It has three beautiful large blooms
and about 12 buds. *It has four large healthy leaves and is growing a
new one.


The pot is clear and I can see that it's absolutely filled with
roots. *They are growing over the top and through the drain holes.
I'd say there's about 60 - 70% roots, the rest is bark.


I'm in a quandary. *Should I leave it alone since it is doing so
wonderfully well or should I repot it so there can be more bark mix
for nutrients? *I absolutely don't want to lose the blooms and buds.


Normally I repot my phals when the finish blooming. *If they don't
need a larger pot then I just change the potting mix. *If all goes
well it could be months before this phal stops blooming.


What should I do???


thanks


You should leave it alone until it has finished bloomimg. Water it from
the top when you think it is getting dry and always allow it to drain.
Remove any water remaining between the leaves, I use paper tissues for
the job. Don't forget to give it some orchid fertilizer, my orchid
books recommend adding fertilizer to three out of four waterings. I
never cut the flowering stems back on my Phals until they have turned
straw brown. I made that mistake only once!

Best of luck.
P.

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How many times do you water you phals? I live in the mountains and it
is either drying hot or freezing cold - almost no intermediate
temperatures.


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