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cattleya orchid roots question

This is a discussion on cattleya orchid roots question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, I want to share my happy (I hope) catt roots with you before ...

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    Hi everyone,
    I want to share my happy (I hope) catt roots with you before I repot the plant.....and also ask if you think that I should spread the roots and remove the old medium before I repot or should I just sit him down as he is in a slightly larger pot (he was in a 4" clay and I plan to repot in a 6" (probably plastic this time so that I can keep a check on the roots). I also plan to repot him in the same medium mix combination that he was used to (mainly bark, and a small amount of chc and charcoal, which is soaking as we speak, by the way.

    I would appreciate any advice/suggestions from you as well as comments, if you choose.

    Thank you,
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    Hi Vicki, I hope you get a cattleya expert to answer your question.
    Personally I would be inclined 'not to mess' as those roots just look amazing... I'd just repot into same everything.. but just upping the size of the pot.

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    Thank you for your reply and advice, Nenella! I always appreciate your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nen View Post
    Hi Vicki, I hope you get a cattleya expert to answer your question.
    Personally I would be inclined 'not to mess' as those roots just look amazing... I'd just repot into same everything.. but just upping the size of the pot.

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    Your outer roots are fantastic, but if I were you i'd take a little look at the middle. I've seen great roots like that go bad due to the middle rotting. If all looks okay, just put it in a larger pot with some fresh bark. I'm always tempted to just put the plant in a new pot, but i've lost some nice plants that way. If you aren't ready to repot sometimes it's better to leave it alone until you have the time.

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    Mabuhay!

    @brit6v.....if it were my orchid, to loosen things up i would let the balled up roots sit in water with a little bit of bleach so that it would be easier.

    Or If i have the luxury of time, I would let it sit for awhile in an airy place/bench and let it stay there for a week so that the roots would naturally loosen up therefore lessening the chances of hurting many roots in the process.


    goodluck and happy new year

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    Very good advice from Connie. BTW The roots look fantastic - really happy and healthy.

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    Hi Connie,
    I've already repotted it and there were only a few bad roots in the middle which I cut off. In fact, the middle was pretty hollow, so that made it easier for me to remove the old medium. After I removed as much as I could, I rinsed the roots and repotted it in a 6" pot with several styrofoam peanuts in the bottom. The 6" may have been a tad bigger than I should have used (??), but the next size down that I had was the 4" it was in when I unpotted it. I have read before that someone puts styrofoam pieces up the hollow middle. What do you think about that idea? Good? Bad? I was afraid to try it because this was the first catt I've repotted with this many roots and I actually didn't know whether I should or not.

    Thanks for your reply and advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Your outer roots are fantastic, but if I were you i'd take a little look at the middle. I've seen great roots like that go bad due to the middle rotting. If all looks okay, just put it in a larger pot with some fresh bark. I'm always tempted to just put the plant in a new pot, but i've lost some nice plants that way. If you aren't ready to repot sometimes it's better to leave it alone until you have the time.

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    Hi mojamoja,
    I repotted it before I saw that you had replied. I did soak the root ball before I started removing the old medium, but only for about an hour. I didn't know about adding a little bleach....what does that do?

    Thanks for your advice. I'll remember it when I repot the next orchid.

    Thanks also for the good luck wish...and Happy New year to you, as well.
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by mujacko2002 View Post
    Mabuhay!

    @brit6v.....if it were my orchid, to loosen things up i would let the balled up roots sit in water with a little bit of bleach so that it would be easier.

    Or If i have the luxury of time, I would let it sit for awhile in an airy place/bench and let it stay there for a week so that the roots would naturally loosen up therefore lessening the chances of hurting many roots in the process.


    goodluck and happy new year

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    Hi Yew Sung,
    Thanks for your reply.

    I'm glad to know that you second Connie's advice. I always appreciate help from all of you experienced growers.

    Also, my catt and I thank you for your compliment.
    Vicki




    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Very good advice from Connie. BTW The roots look fantastic - really happy and healthy.

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    Looks great Vicki. Glad you found the help you needed here. I agree about checking the middle of the root ball when you repot. Please remember cattleyas like to be repotted tightly in a free draining mix. Don't over pot your cattleya orchid. It wants to dry out between waterings.

    Cheers,
    BD

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