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Onc Sharry Baby dividing.

This is a discussion on Onc Sharry Baby dividing. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I received a very large Onc Sharry Baby as part of an order recently.The plant ...

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    Default Onc Sharry Baby dividing.

    I received a very large Onc Sharry Baby as part of an order recently.The plant is in a deep 8" pot but there are PB,s everywhere.Some are 10" above the top of the medium , they,ve spilled over the side.
    It has 2 massive spikes @ the moment so i,m going to wait for them to finish before atempting to divide it.
    My plan of action is to soak the pot in warm water for 1/2 an hour or so & then see if the plant will divide naturally.I know i need divisions with @ least 5 PB,s but any more advice/tips ?

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    Sounds like you've got it worked out. A plant that big will more than likely be potbound, making it next to impossible to seperate the roots that belong to one division from the others. The only tip I'd give is, instead of seperating the plant into divisions of 5 PBs, if you end up having to cut into the rootball, divide the plant in half this first go-around so you don't end up with some divisions whose cut roots are all stuck to the other pieces, and which are now rootless. I may not have explained that properly, but you'll see what I mean when you go to divide... Also, don't forget to fungicide the cuts. Most of the time they'll scab over without any problem, but I think it's worth taking the preventive measure.

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    Well about 6 weeks down the line i have the plant now in 3 x 10" containers in s/h.2 of them have 3 spikes & both of these have new growth growing as well.
    The third pot is maturing 3 PB,s so should have spikes soon.
    (by the way the smallest division has 11 PB,s)

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    Dang.

    Sharryfranken Babystein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Sounds like you've got it worked out. A plant that big will more than likely be potbound, making it next to impossible to seperate the roots that belong to one division from the others. The only tip I'd give is, instead of seperating the plant into divisions of 5 PBs, if you end up having to cut into the rootball, divide the plant in half this first go-around so you don't end up with some divisions whose cut roots are all stuck to the other pieces, and which are now rootless. I may not have explained that properly, but you'll see what I mean when you go to divide... Also, don't forget to fungicide the cuts. Most of the time they'll scab over without any problem, but I think it's worth taking the preventive measure.
    OK. I may have to go through dividing an extremely potbound plant with lots of PBs soon. I'm not sure if I have the guts to "chop up" my orchid though, LOL! It'll be a *nightmare* to go through this one...

    Good thing now I'll know how to do it .

    And uncasteeb, that sounds like a really nice SB! Good luck with dividing it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Dang.

    Sharryfranken Babystein.
    EEEK!!!

    And Lily...EEEK!!!! to you too, frighteningly good tho stuffed, roots.

    Scary, I had enough of a scare dividing my first paph.

    *shudder*

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    @Lily: Now *that's* a healthy-looking root ball!

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