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Aug 17, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
This is my mom's orchid that she received 3-5 years ago as a gift. It has thrived in our washroom with a patio door facing south. I've never seen a happier orchid! But I'm afraid it's outgrowing its pot and I just don't know if I can find a big enough one... Or if I should repot it. It isn't blooming at the moment - this was about a month ago. Anyway, this is just show off time Big Grin


... And my photo won't upload. ...
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Aug 17, 2015 9:24 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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Hi Victoria, and welcome to ATP and the Orchids forum. Welcome!

It looks like your picture didn't download and that will help us to advise you on what to do with it. Can't wait to see it, and if you possibly might have a picture of it in bloom, that will help with identifying the type of orchid it is, as well.
Elaine

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Aug 17, 2015 11:02 PM CST
Name: Melissa
Memphis, TN (Zone 8a)
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Welcome!
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Aug 17, 2015 11:05 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
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If it grows, I can kill it.
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Aug 17, 2015 11:07 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
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If it grows, I can kill it.
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Aug 18, 2015 4:49 AM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Welcome! Victoria, you have a Phaleanopsis orchid there and there is no need to repot. Besides, this type of orchid hates change. It looks very healthy so just keep doing what you're doing.

Jim
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Aug 18, 2015 5:46 AM CST
Name: Melissa
Memphis, TN (Zone 8a)
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I agree with Jim. It is in a BIG pot already. These like to be root bound. The only thing I would worry about is the roots rotting, but you seem to be keeping it happy. I see what looks like potting soil or very fine bark as the medium.

The main thing you want to watch out for:

Don't overwater - you seem to be doing fine. It looks happy and the leaves look very good.
If the leaves start to wither or wilt - check the medium. It may need to be refreshed, because it does break down.

If you decide to repot, check the roots and if any are black trim them away with sterile scissors (use a 10% bleach solution or a flame).
Check for slugs or snails.
Clean your pot (or resize to a different pot - depends on the root size).

Put fresh medium (if you have success with what you are using, don't change). The plant will be happy in the same type of mixture. Change it and the plant will take a setback to get used to it.

Make sure you clip it firmly in the pot using rhizome clips. Here are some links that will help you out in general.

http://www.aos.org/Default.asp...
http://www.aos.org/Default.asp...
http://www.repotme.com/orchid-...
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Aug 18, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
Thanks guys!! It's just in regular potting soil - which really needs to be replaced with fresh soil. So I shouldn't change to an orchid mix?

It's a very easy plant to take care of - never has been very challenging. And it's gorgeous. It's great!
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Aug 18, 2015 7:15 AM CST
Name: Tara
NE. FL. (Zone 9a)
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Hi Victoria! Welcome!
If it were mine, I'd definitely get it out of the soil, and into an orchid bark mix. They are epiphytic, not terrestrial, and need the air flow that a loose bark mix would allow.

Good luck with it, and again Welcome! to ATP & Orchids!
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Aug 18, 2015 7:16 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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I agree
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Aug 18, 2015 7:38 AM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
Okay, I guess my next mission is to change out that soil when I get a chance Smiling
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Aug 18, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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But don't do a thing to it until it has finished blooming! It is a gorgeous plant and the pot is plenty big.
Elaine

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Aug 18, 2015 8:18 AM CST
Name: Tara
NE. FL. (Zone 9a)
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You can do it, Victoria! Hurray!

When I first started growing orchids, I found that YouTube has some very good tutorial videos. Watching some of those really helped with my confidence factor! Smiling Thumbs up
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Aug 18, 2015 9:01 AM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Birds Master Gardener: Florida Hibiscus Greenhouse Charter ATP Member Garden Photography
Bromeliad Region: Florida Orchids Roses Tropicals Region: United States of America
I'm telling you, if I had a Phal that looked that good, I would leave it alone. If it starts to decline, then I would take all of these recommended actions. For now, give thanks and be happy.

Jim
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Aug 18, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Lovely Phal Victoria, agree on the need to repot to orchid mix and not in soil. Good luck on the repot later on, keep us posted Smiling
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Aug 18, 2015 9:03 AM CST
Name: Melissa
Memphis, TN (Zone 8a)
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hawkarica said:I'm telling you, if I had a Phal that looked that good, I would leave it alone. If it starts to decline, then I would take all of these recommended actions. For now, give thanks and be happy.

Jim


I'm with Jim. I agree I would only take action if you start to see yellowing or withering leaves. But I would pay close attention to it for sure!
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Aug 18, 2015 12:20 PM CST
Name: Victoria J.
Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Nursery/Garden Center Employee
All right, since it seems quite happy, I'll let it stay happy lol. It isn't blooming right now, so I *could*... but who wants more work than is needed?
If it grows, I can kill it.
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Aug 18, 2015 12:30 PM CST
Name: Tara
NE. FL. (Zone 9a)
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My only fear for your plant being in potting soil is that the roots are/will be suffering. They don't like soil. They really need the maximum airflow that soil won't allow. Shrug!
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Aug 18, 2015 1:16 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
I'm with you here, Tara. I am pretty much proactive rather than reactive.

There is no doubt that epiphytic orchids won't do well in potting soil.....period. Combine that with an over-size pot and I think nothing but trouble is ahead. To my eyes, the Phal. doesn't look all that happy, but keep in mind, I don't grow a lot of Phal. I would immediately repot and if the roots don't fill this large pot, I would downsize as well. Just my humble opinion. Sticking tongue out
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Aug 18, 2015 2:55 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Victoria, has it been in this potting medium and big pot for the whole time your mom has had it? If it has been happy in potting soil for 3 to 5 years I'm with Jim on this. Nothing succeeds like success and you have had a lot of success with that orchid. I am generally a proactive type but sometimes the rules can be broken.

BTW, my son has a phal in potting mix and I know for a fact he over waters but that darn thing never stops blooming. Go figure. Shrug!
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