After six hours of picking, trimming and unbraiding I took a break and let the plant rest outside where it's nice and humid.
As you can see, repotting now has saved many roots that later would have been simply rotted to nothing. The middle contained a hard chunk of wood that roots had grown all through. Four spikes of flowers later, this wood would have hopelessly rotted anything in the middle. and now what I have left is more than healthy enough to carry the plant.....but you ask....won't that mess up the buds?????
Apparently not.....look at the picture below. After a mere 12 hours a couple buds have leaned over and are dripping orchid honey. This spike didn't look nearly this good yesterday. I'm guessing it's the first time in awhile those roots have gotten good clean air in awhile and they are liking being dry for a change.
Next I'll put it in a nice new clay pot and put some new fir bark around the roots. When it blooms I'll update this post....I can't wait to see what the flowers will look like!
I hope this will help with repotting your dens.