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Name: Bernadette Fiege
New York
May 10, 2020 8:13 PM CST
I replanted my orchids and look at them! Are they dead???
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Also, what's the best way to repot this little one?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 10, 2020 10:57 PM CST
They aren't happy. Did you soak the bark before you used it? What did the roots look like before you potted? Were the plants limp? The pots are way too big.

About the third one: considering how the other two look, maybe you should wait.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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May 11, 2020 6:25 AM CST
I agree with Daisy, the pots are way too big! They should be in a pot that barely accommodates the live root system at this point. That extreme wrinkling that you see is from a dead and compromised root system!
In a smaller pot you should be keeping them in a bright spot, no sun. The media should be watered well maybe every three or four days. The water needs to saturate the pot and pour out the drainage holes.
It typically takes anywhere between four to six weeks before new roots appear. Sometimes 8 weeks.
But they are famous for recovering from a state like this.
What causes this?? Lack of proper repotting. They should be repotted into fresh media every year, especially if it was in sphagnum moss!! 2 years is the longest that they should go without a repotting.
Please visit our section in the Orchid Forums here on this web site. There are numerous questions and threads about growing Phalaenopsis orchids which is what you have. There is a great sticky there as well about Growing Supermarket Orchids-Phalaenopsis!! Good luck and hang in there! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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