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Should I Divide This?

This is a discussion on Should I Divide This? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This Phaph hybrid NOID has been with me for three years and rebloomed for me ...

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    This Phaph hybrid NOID has been with me for three years and rebloomed for me once, but not this year. I don't know why. Instead it just keep producing new shoots. Should I divide it and repot?
    Pic one is how it looks like on one side and pic 2 is the other side. I appreciate any suggestions. I am not good with Paph and this is one of the two that didn't die on me.

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    I usually don't divide paphs unless it's absolutely necessary, i.e. if it has two pronounced "clumps" with very little in between them. Sometimes they will also "fall apart" on their own during repotting. The general rule of thumb is that each piece should have 3 growths and a good root system, but sometimes that is not always feasible.

    Your plant appears to have two clumps that are separated. I suspect that it may divide itself if you were to repot. But I don't think you absolutely have to repot. If the plant stays in one piece, or if the roots are inadequate on either piece, I'd lean towards keeping it together.

    Sometimes plants that don't bloom may benefit from repotting. The mild shock may cause them to bloom. I know people who say they bloom Delrosi, a notoriously reluctant bloomer, by repotting several times a year. (I say just buy one of the newer ones with delenatii as the pod parent that are much easier to bloom).

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    Thanks for the advice Jason, I will keep this plant as it is for now. There will be 3 clumps together when those 2 smaller ones on the other side will produce their own shoots. They are not part of the bigger clump. Their mother plant died and they came out when I pulled the dead plant out of the pot. Each had only one stub of a root and because I don't know much about Phap and I didn't had a ready medium to use at that time, I stuck them back into the pot. Well, they survive and now doing fine. But if I still don't get flower next season, I will consider repotting. I may need advice again on how to do it, what kind of medium to use, etc. I hope I don't get kick out for asking too much .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya
    I may need advice again on how to do it, what kind of medium to use, etc. I hope I don't get kick out for asking too much .

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