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First Major Repotting for Me

This is a discussion on First Major Repotting for Me within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My C. dowiana was outgrowing its pot and I remembered there was some sphag lodged ...

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    My C. dowiana was outgrowing its pot and I remembered there was some sphag lodged in between the roots when I repotted after I just got it. I figured it was time for my first major repotting adventure. I had cut the rhizome a while ago and let it heal with the aid of some cinnamon. The reason for this was the lack of space for 1 big plant (instead of 2 smaller ones) and the fact that the oldest p-bulbs were starting to disintegrate. Not to mention that the plant started to look weird with the oldest p-bulb being 4" and the newest over a foot long; it had started to get unstable.

    Anyway 1 hour and a bit later I finally managed to free to two parts without (hopefully) damaging too many roots. There was one root I was a little freaked out by. You can see it in the 2nd picture on the top left side of the tray. Now that's what I call a root. Of course there were some dead roots, or I should say dried roots, from my chronic under-watering before, but I was really surprised it had so many healthy roots. Hopefully it will continue to grow without much of a hickup; I've been told dowianas have a bit of a temper when you get too touchy feely with them.

    Many times I wished I had 3 or 4 hands/arms because 2 just didn't feel sufficient. Any tips for next time on handling repottings of this magnitude?
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    Looks successful to me, Richard.

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    I think you did just fine Richard!

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    Do you guys usually try to bury the rhizome or do the catts like it to be exposed?

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    I usually have the rhizomes sit on top of the potting mix.
    I brace the plants with wires or stakes until the roots have established themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    I usually have the rhizomes sit on top of the potting mix.
    I brace the plants with wires or stakes until the roots have established themselves.
    same here. I use a rhizome clip or 2 to stabilize it or a stake and wire if nec. Yes, leave the budding lead sitting on the medium and not buried.

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