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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; Any suggestions on how I can clean out the old medium in this Onc.? The ...

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    Any suggestions on how I can clean out the old medium in this Onc.? The roots are just too fine, I've already soaked it for a few hours but the roots are still kind of stiff and could not get into the middle part where I believe they used sphag.
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    Keep soaking it and gently pull apart the root ball. You will break some roots, but it looks like you have plenty - so no worries.

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    Thanks Bruce, I had to pull the root ball as there is no way I can remove the old medium. Repotting this guy is harder than doing a heart surgery...lol. I hate to kill it as it has the nicest fragrance which does not fade.

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    I've had oncids like this, where they just literally hold on to every little bit of media...its hard to get it all out, but like BD said, you do have a lot of roots, and even if you break some, it'll just encourage the plant to produce more, so no worries...keep trying!

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    So, is that what I want to do with the horrendously overgrown Sharry Baby I have? It blooms like mad but it is so overgrown it is coming out the bottom, big time and has split the plastic pot in two places. I am so afraid of damaging it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snyder0726 View Post
    So, is that what I want to do with the horrendously overgrown Sharry Baby I have? It blooms like mad but it is so overgrown it is coming out the bottom, big time and has split the plastic pot in two places. I am so afraid of damaging it.
    Sure. Post up a photo and let us take a look to be certain.

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    I swirl in a bucket of water and also use a hose. I am gentle but a few broken roots I don't worry about with Oncs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Sure. Post up a photo and let us take a look to be certain.

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    I will take a pic in the morning and get it up on here. It came pretty much the way it is and has been in bloom the entire summer and up until about two weeks ago so i didn't do anything with it yet.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Sure. Post up a photo and let us take a look to be certain.

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    Here are a couple of pics. The plant is in only a 4 inch pot.
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