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potting advice, please

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    Hello,
    Could you tell me what I should do with this orchid, if anything, please? The tag reads: TRCTM (Maureen x Haematochilum) Red Mule Ear Type. I bought it a few months ago and it has grown very well since. It is a healthy plant with many new roots. I have been thinking lately about mounting it, but I don't want to do anything to hinder it's good health. Should I:
    1.) Leave it as it is?
    2.) Repot it in a larger pot now...preferable plastic?
    3.) Repot it in a larger pot during active growing, which I gather is Spring/Summer?
    4.) Mount it...now or when?
    5.) Another option?
    I would appreciate your advice,
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    Vicki,

    The orchid is a Trichocentrum cross of the two hybrids named after TRCTM. You can repot it in plastic, now or in the early spring is okay. I wouldn't mount it because it will probably get too big for mounting as it gets older.

    Either a bark mix or the CHC that it's currently in should work fine, but I'm leaning to the bark if potted in plastic.

    Good luck. Post pics when it blooms.


    Mike

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    Oh yeah,

    Pot it in a larger pot - one size larger.

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    Hi Mike,

    Ok, mounting is out. Now to decide when to repot it. Do you think it is too cramped to wait until Spring, or will it be ok until active growing season begins?

    I'll certainly do as you advise as for the best potting mix, as well.

    Thanks again,
    Vicki


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    Vicki,

    The orchid is a Trichocentrum cross of the two hybrids named after TRCTM. You can repot it in plastic, now or in the early spring is okay. I wouldn't mount it because it will probably get too big for mounting as it gets older.

    Either a bark mix or the CHC that it's currently in should work fine, but I'm leaning to the bark if potted in plastic.

    Good luck. Post pics when it blooms.


    Mike

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    I would recommend repotting it as well. As it is an Oncidiinae subtribe orchid, here's what I'd do if it were mine:

    Repot Oncids Article

    And I'd keep it in clay since its an oncid...it breathes better than plastic and allows the roots to dry out a little better, which can be a way to prevent root rot....

    Good luck any way you go with it!!

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    Hi Derek,
    I really appreciate the links to such detailed instructions. They certainly are good info for such a newbie as I am.

    I have another question..I hope you don't mind. I like plastic pots because you can see what's going on down under, but I like clay pots for just the reasons you mentioned. I've been wondering if it would be a problem to get the roots to turn loose of the clay pot they're in, though. So, what do you think...advice?
    Thank you very much for your help,
    Vicki


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    I would recommend repotting it as well. As it is an Oncidiinae subtribe orchid, here's what I'd do if it were mine:

    Repot Oncids Article

    And I'd keep it in clay since its an oncid...it breathes better than plastic and allows the roots to dry out a little better, which can be a way to prevent root rot....

    Good luck any way you go with it!!

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    Questions are never a problem! Ask away. I hope this answers your question:

    I've never had any problems getting roots out of the clay pots when transplanting. if it doesn't pull right out, just soak in lukewarm water for a good half hour + before you try and pull the orchid out for transplanting.

    I've had issues with plastic, and ended up having to cut up a few plastic pots to get them off the roots. Never had to do that yet with clay, but with clay you can always wrap it in a towel and tap it with a hammer to break the pot. Easier and less traumatic on the roots than cutting into them like I've had to do with a few plastic Cymbid pots.

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    Vicki,

    You can repot now or in the spring. I'd probably wait til January in you area.

    Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by brit6v View Post
    Hi Mike,

    Ok, mounting is out. Now to decide when to repot it. Do you think it is too cramped to wait until Spring, or will it be ok until active growing season begins?

    I'll certainly do as you advise as for the best potting mix, as well.

    Thanks again,
    Vicki

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