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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 ...
Yes, you are ready for a serious repot. Better step up to a 6 inch pot for that guy!
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!!
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.
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?
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...
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.
Umm, Cheryl, Have you thought about dividing it?