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Repotting question

This is a discussion on Repotting question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Yes, you are ready for a serious repot. Better step up to a 6 inch ...

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    Yes, you are ready for a serious repot. Better step up to a 6 inch pot for that guy!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Yes, you are ready for a serious repot. Better step up to a 6 inch pot for that guy!

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    and how do i get those roots on the bottom with minimal damage? this is such a beauty and I hate to lose it. thanks for any help

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    Quote Originally Posted by snyder0726 View Post
    and how do i get those roots on the bottom with minimal damage? this is such a beauty and I hate to lose it. thanks for any help
    Just cut away that old pot. Soak the root ball and then open with your hands. RonNY suggests using a hose to remove medium from the roots too. I just pick away what I can and repot in fresh bark mix.

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    Thanks. I have new clear pots and medium on the way. Can't wait... You are probably the only people who can understand getting excited about plastic and bits of bark and stuff!!

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    In this case, spread the roots the best you can and repot. It is not necessary to completely clean out the medium from the roots. Particularly in this case where you will do more damage than leaving the medium will do.

    Kind regards

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    Hello, Ron. Welcome to the forum. Be sure to let us know more about you
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    ok, my pots and medium came and the oncidium to repot is worse than i thought. i got the pot off of it and it is solid roots. I can't even get a finger into the bottom of it. if you give it a little squeeze it is as hard as can be with very little give to it. I have it soaking in a bucket in hopes of being able to loosen it up. any other ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    For those really tough jobs, if you know a nurse beg for one of the left over pairs of suture tweezers. They are very long and great for pulling plugs of spag. out of stubborn roots. I speak from two days of experience pulling stuff from my Gram. Elegans. Also, look around and find some sewing scissors. They are small and usually have long thin blades great for tiny spaces. Another sort of great tool I found at the flea market here was a pair of hemostats. They are normally used in surgery for tiny blood vessels, but are even better for orchid root pulling. lol We should start a post for odd tools great for working with orchids someday! Before you start, a good soak with a few drops of root hormone helps get the plant healing the roots and growing new ones faster.
    Hope this helps...
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    heehee, i'm like this too the sewing scissors are sooo handy. my fave for root balls is this fancy metal appetizer poker thingy, its hard to describe the shape just think of a thick dull toothpick with a bit of a scoopy shape. my mum used to have a set of them but we're terribly disorganized and over a couple decades they seem to have almost all disappeared, so she doesn't mind me appropriating it so much. not like when i use her fancy vases to force bulbs...

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    Just loosen it up as much as you can. Don't worry about getting the entire root ball loose. You be surprised how quickly the plant recovers once it's in a new pot with fresh medium.

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    Umm, Cheryl, Have you thought about dividing it?

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