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Neofinetia falcata potting

This is a discussion on Neofinetia falcata potting within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I pot these on a yearly basis. I do this for 2 reasons. First Shag ...

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    Default Neofinetia falcata potting

    I pot these on a yearly basis. I do this for 2 reasons. First Shag that is fairly moist breaks down quickly. Second roots grow erratically and need to be in the medium.



    First I take a bottle of beer, perfectly chilled and drink it while pulling the plants from their pots and removing the old moss.



    Then I use the bottle for potting. I drape long strands of quality NZ Sphag over the bottle and place the plant onto it.



    I then drape more moss over the roots turning the bottle as I add them. I lift the whole thing off the bottle and I place a couple of styro peanuts into the hollow formed by the bottle



    I then slide this into a pot and voila...repotted.



    If you really want to have fun with this...use a new bottle for each plant, LOL.

    They also do well mounted. I am mounting this one on the bottom of a a clay pot.
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    Good demo there. I need to repot some of my neos--the moss is starting to look pretty rough. It has been a year, so I guess it is time.

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    Nice, helpful post, Ron! Thanks!

    Cheers,
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    Ron, thanks for posting this!!! I do have couple questions: how big the babies need to be to get their own pot? And do you have one empty bottle for each plant?! I will have 7-8 babies in the compot so that almost sounds like my own party!!!

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    Great walkthrough! It sure looks like you have perfected the technique, based on how happy they look

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    hi ron,
    very nice demo and a perfect excuse to get drunk, only once a year?lol

    cheers

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    So if you have six plants to pot does that mean you get up the next morning and find the neo's potted in beer bottles with the pots in the recycle bin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    So if you have six plants to pot does that mean you get up the next morning and find the neo's potted in beer bottles with the pots in the recycle bin?


    Ok time for carries stupid question of the day ( imagine theme music)

    Why do Neos need to be potted using this method. I have seen it many times and it had put me off getting a Neo, I was just wondering the benefits to this particular family of orchids of doing this. Yours is by far the best step by step pictorial I have seen and you make it look so easy I wouldnt mind giving it a go after all.

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    I will let Ron answer your question, Carrie, but I will say that it is not necessarily the only way to grow neos. I have three or four (some crosses) growing in baskets in lava rock with a bit of bark and sphag and they do well too. You should get one or two. They have such wonderful fragrance!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    So if you have six plants to pot does that mean you get up the next morning and find the neo's potted in beer bottles with the pots in the recycle bin?
    Connie, I was thinking... You can pot 3 today...then 3 tomorrow... and if you have a few that is about a week party!!!

    [QUOTE]Yours is by far the best step by step pictorial I have seen and you make it look so easy I wouldnt mind giving it a go after all. [QUOTE]
    Carrie, don't worry- it will be even easier after the 4 one...LOL

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