Just Repotted Phal - Now it's Moldy??

Brights(USDA zone 6)March 1, 2012

I bought a Phal a few months ago, and just recently repotted it. I noticed the other day that all around the top of the moss I had used it had gotten fuzzy. Like moldy fuzzy. Was my moss contaminated with fungus or bacteria somehow, before I even used it?

I feel that I water sparingly, and I didn't pack the moss down tightly.

I intend to repot it again to correct the mold issue. Is there something I can do to "sterilize" the moss before I use it? I tried to be clean when I repotted it in the first place, but maybe it wasn't good enough. Should I microwave the moss to kill everything, let it cool, then use it? I'm really not sure what I need to do.

Thank you for your help!

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susan2010(6 Massachusetts)

You might want to repot it into a bark mix, rather than moss. It's less likely to get moldy, and I've found that my phals do fine in bark.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 10:35AM
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Brights(USDA zone 6)

Thanks Susan, is there a specific kind of bark that would need to be used?

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 3:04PM
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jane__ny(9-10)

What are your growing conditions and what zone are you in?
Sounds like the plant is being kept too damp and underlit. Could you provide more info.

Jane

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 9:08PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I find it very odd your moss has become moldy. I grow lots of plants in moss which are kept moist if not almost wet all the time and have never seen any sign of mold. What kind of moss is this? Sphag or something else? Could you post a photo?

Kevin

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 4:48AM
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susan2010(6 Massachusetts)

I just use the same bark mix I use for my catts. It's more forgiving if you ever over water, I think.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 7:43PM
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