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 Post subject: Repoting Sphagnum to Sphagnum
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:20 am 
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If I have an Phal NoID that is in a small pot with tightly packed sphagnum moss, do I need to remove that sphagnum moss from around the root ball when I move it into a slightly bigger pot, or do I just keep it and not disturb the roots and pack new sphagnum around the outside?

That is the only thing that is confusing me about repoting sphagnum to sphagnum.

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 Post subject: Re: Repoting Sphagnum to Sphagnum
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:54 am 
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I recommend replacing it all...

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 Post subject: Re: Repoting Sphagnum to Sphagnum
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:13 pm 
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Thanks Ray, that is kind of what I thought. Plus it's going to be easier since I'm going to put this in one of the Aircone pots.

Having never repoted an Phal orchid before, are the roots easily damaged or are they pretty tough?

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There is no definite answer because your growing environment is different.

I wouldn't remove the moss if it's not broken down or smelly. Moss last a long time, and completely removing the moss will set the plant back. This isn't the time to be repotting due to colder weather. So I would suggest minimizing disruption to plants if you have to repot.

Exceptions are growers who can't keep moss in their growing environment. If you like to water or a heavy waterer, it's best to use an open mix before losing plants to root rot. Some of my customers always repot their new arrival in order to see what they are dealing with. If a plant arrives with minimal or rotted rot, then you may want to pay extra care (i.e. cut back on water and let plant develops new root).

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