Hi all, am new to orchids and have run into a big problem. I had 2 beautiful phalaenopsis which were quite pot-bound, so I decided to re-pot them. The original containers had what appeared to be soil, but the new "soil" I re-potted them into is not like soil at all, it is bits of bark and other pieces of stuff. It is called Orchid mix, suitable for various species, including phals.
Well, I just noticed that some of the orchid leaves are turning yellow, so I pulled both plants out and all the little, green, healthy roots both plants had are shriveled and dry. And the supposed soil mix is bone dry, though I've watered frequently (noticing that water ran right through each time).
Anyway, to get to the point, are these plants salvageable or should I give up on them. And second question, is the dry mix even suitable or would the plants be better off in another planting medium?
Thanks for any advice!!