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Berlin, Germany
Amiramazny
Jun 9, 2020 1:19 AM CST
I am not sure if this aerial roots color are ok, specifically that some of them became papery.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Jun 9, 2020 4:29 AM CST
Your Phalaenopsis orchid needs to be repotted as soon as possible into new media. Those greenish things are roots, none are aerial roots.
They come out from the base of the plant and grow downward 8" to 12" long or more! Yours are dying from the tip after growing just a couple of inches. The media is sour, acidic, and holding too much moisture for too long of a period of time causing the tip of the root to die and stop growing. Instead of a nice healthy root system you end up with a bunch of short roots that will not support a healthy orchid.

The orchid root needs air movement to survive. I suspect that your roots are suffering down in the pot. So far, the leaves look healthy but that will change soon. They will start to go soft and wrinkle due to an overall lack of water.
If you repot it soon, it should recover quickly and bloom on time.
Within our Orchid Forums here in the NGA, we have a lot of threads talking about how to grow Phalaenopsis. It would be a very good idea if you would read through those. There are pages and pages of them. You can learn so much. Including a sticky there on "Supermarket Orchids-Phalaenopsis"!! Please read these.

In the meantime, I hope that I have answered your question and good luck!! Thumbs up
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Berlin, Germany
Amiramazny
Jun 9, 2020 4:38 AM CST
@bigbill Thanks a lot for your reply, that is so useful. I just got it 2 weeks ago, so I will check out how to repot it as soon as possible.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 9, 2020 4:43 AM CST
Oh, you are very welcome!
It was my pleasure to have helped you. It is a very pretty flower!!
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!

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