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Here's a new one; Potbound

This is a discussion on Here's a new one; Potbound within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've just received a couple very nice plants that have been in their pots for ...

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    Default Here's a new one; Potbound

    I've just received a couple very nice plants that have been in their pots for a long time, it seems, and roots have pretty much replaced the medium. The net of roots is so thick that the old medium that's left cannot be removed without damage....is it more important to untangle and spread the roots, or should I leave them to spread in their baskets on their own?

    I can't seem to find a dead or inactive one in the bunch - a luxury problem, I suppose

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    what are they? the answer is probabally leave them assuming you can provide enough humidity.

    Past ripping off a chunk to send to me, I would prob leave it on most kinds of plants

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    thanks forrest...they're Stanhopeas. I have soaked them and loosened them a bit, i'll basket them up, see how they do....

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    pete, if you've loosened and spread them a little, that's really all you need to do. Don't try to extract every bit of the old medium if it means you have to bust up the roots to do it. Just a little breathing room, and the plants will do very well in their new baskets.

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    thank you, Louis. that's how it ended up, more out of hating to do anything to hurt roots like that than anything else. i was concerned for rot, molds in the medium, that sort of thing. I spread them out a bit without breaking, well, without breaking many; very, very little loss. the weather here has cooperated again for recent arrivals - warm and very humid - so I'm sure(hope) they'll be ok.


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    When I repotted the one pictured below, I just plopped it right into a bigger pot with some new media around it. Stanhopea may be different in this way from Odonts, but this one is now doing great without any untangling at all!

    (I'm sure some untangling would have been better, but I couldn't even find where to begin. At any rate, this pic shows the extreme case, doesn't it?)

    http://community.webshots.com/photo/...17721689bNKHYr

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    Ok Sue, that is the funniest thing I've ever seen. MAN are those healthy roots. My God, what did you do to that thing? :-)

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    oh my. i thought the ones i unpotted yesterday were dense, but not quite like that...there were some gaps, at least...

    now i believe my windows are officially full. time to break out the saws-all

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    Suddenly I find myself hungry for Ramen noodles...

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    ugghhhh bad memories... I had one like that, but managed to kill off most of the roots after repotting. Nice surprise (not! it was not doing well) when I unpotted it for an inspection. Thanks for bringing back memories.

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