Got my package from Schwerter today! Now I just have to let them stay in the box for 12 hours (per Schwerter's instructions) to let them slowly get used to the warmer temperatures after their cold trip here.
I hadn't either until I got the email. I managed to not touch the package until after six hours, then I caved. It's been so long since I ordered from Schwerter that I had forgotten how thorough they are when it comes to packaging their plants. There was also a heat pack in the box, so I worried for nothing basically.
Jon inspected the wrapped Phals:
Today, I spent the entire day (almost) repotting all of them and got a better look at their roots. All of them had okay root systems, some good ones, but the Yaphon Blue Bird didn't have a great one. It also had something that looked like it could be stem rot, but I couldn't tell if it was old or new. I'm going to keep an extra eye on it.
I potted all of them into straight bark (five were in sphagnum when I got them) and we'll see how they do. Oh, several of the Phals came with spikes/in bud! That was an awesome surprise. Especially, the Phal. LD's Bear King x George Vasquez cross I decided to take a chance on getting, despite there only being pictures of the parent plants. Its bud looks ready to open very soon (unless it blasts).
One thing I realized after placing my order was that the Phal. Wiganiae was a young plant and not BS. I didn't read the description on the webpage until much later and it's two years from BS. The positive side is that it's super cute being as small as it is. I really hope I can keep it alive now.
Here are all of the repotted Phals in all their glory, from the top and then left to right; Phal. CTL Christopher, Phal. KS Pride 'Golden Diamond', Phal. LD's Bear King x George Vasquez, Phal. Liu's Berry 'ES', Phal. Mini Mark, Phal. Wiganiae, and Phal. Yaphon Blue Bird: