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First Onc. and it's a (Sharry) Baby

This is a discussion on First Onc. and it's a (Sharry) Baby within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Good deal Richard. When it blooms you'll be enchanted. That is if you like chocolate!...

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    Good deal Richard. When it blooms you'll be enchanted. That is if you like chocolate!

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    Thanks for all the input. I tried repotting it this morning before work. I had to give up though because it was quite a task to get rid of the sphag between those tiny roots. I'll try some more tomorrow morning. Pictures to follow soon

    Ishel: "That is if you like chocolate!" nice try.. who doesn't

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    swooshing the roots in a pot of water helps release the Sphag. I've killed too many things in a pot of Sphag...it dries on the surface and can still be quite wet in the center. It also is difficult to re wet once dry and it breaks down in the center of the pot so much more quickly than on the surface and therefore always have to remember to change it yearly. I reserve it for smaller pots and plastic basket culture with a couple of my Maxillaria as well as putting pads on mounts that I wish to keep moister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post

    It's in a 5" pot right now in pure sphag. Since I'm not really a fan of sphag (to put it lightly) I've put some fine bark with perlite and charcoal bucket to soak overnight so I can repot this guy tomorrow. I've read up on Oncs since I was planning on getting one soon, however, I could still use some general help regarding the specific culture of the Sharry Baby. I have a pot that's slightly bigger than the one it's in now so it should have ample space for the new growth (see picture) to mature.
    This is probably to late, but I would wait until the plant went out of bloom before repotting. Or cut the spike off prior to repotting.

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    Here are a few pictures after the first wrap of sphag was taken off. I don't know why it was just wrapped around loosely like that. Anyway still not finished repotting, it'll probably take a while. From my inexperienced view I think it's pretty healthy given the fact that the majority of the roots are on the outside (the ones inside the centre have already given up and disintegrated).

    The tip of the spike is brown and dry so I guess it won't open or grow any more buds right? Just making sure since that's the reason I repotted it straight away.
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    yes the tip of the spike is dead...the most yu can hope for is side spikes from the buds below. I think repotting is a good idea...looks like that inner Sphag is tight. I would soak it in a bucket of water, then tease it apart and then either using a bucket of water or a hose stat removing the rest.

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    I would completely remove the spike before repotting... I was taught that phals and paphs are the only 2 orchid species that can withstand being repotted while in bloom.

    Although, i've never tested the theory...

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    THE SPIKE IS AT RISK WITH REPOTTING NOW, NOT THE PLANT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    THE SPIKE IS AT RISK WITH REPOTTING NOW, NOT THE PLANT
    I was taught that the flowers draw a lot of the plants resources from the plant and when you repot an orchid you are separating the plant from most of it's resources. By leaving blooms on a plant that you are repotting you put the plant in jeopardy.

    It was a piece of advice I've always adhered too. Good luck, let me know how it goes. Maybe someone else will post their experience.

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    If done properly, repotting should never put the plant in jeopardy, no matter what bloom state it is in. You may lose a spike or some buds, but I've done many repots of all types of orchids in bud or spike, even bloom and never lost a plant.

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