Thanks for the suggestion about soaking the root mass to give it a little more flexibility. I wouldn't have thoughts of that. Also about the pot size versus roots dilemma...I get a painful twinge whenever I have to prune a plant or break a root, but I know that overpotting can be the kiss of death with many plants.
BTW...is Apple Blossom particularly variable in its flower colors? The photo of the plant that I have from the previous owner does not show the dark markings on the lip that your flower has. Mine, hopefully...if it ever flowers...is more subtly colored with a blush of pink around the edges of all the petals and lip.
Fingers crossed that this little orchid will actually bloom, one day.