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This is a discussion on need orchid potting help, please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Almost 2 yrs. ago I potted my Little Stars into this 4" basket. (I apologize ...

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    Default need orchid potting help, please

    Almost 2 yrs. ago I potted my Little Stars into this 4" basket. (I apologize for the bad photos).

    I had hoped to remove as much of the old medium as I could this morn. (w/tweezers, skewer, etc.) and replace it with fresh medium that I had soaked overnight. Before I started, I soaked the plant for quite awhile but when I tried to remove the old mix from the basket all that would budge were a couple of pieces of bark on the top layer. I saw that I had to take another route to freshen the mix, if poss., but I am totally clueless as to what route to take.

    Would you advise me, please?
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    Leave it as is. That medium will eventually rot and fall out. As long as your plant has those great roots you have no problem. Most just set it into a larger basket when it needs it. That's how I do all mine that are in baskets.

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    i think this is a valid question for folks new to this however so thank you for posting it...but yes i am with leave it...then plunck it in a bigger basket...your roots look great!

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    I had the same problem a couple days ago. A large catt that was so not wanting to let go of it's big fat bark chunks. It got the same treatment as the above mentioned. I found it a bigger basket to sit in and figured that would do. And may I say...your little stars looks very healthy and happy. What do you do with these?? Mine never seem to thrive for some reason.

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    I agree with Jeff & Aja...If it isn't broke, DON"T FIX IT! And, for the record, I do the same thing...I just put it in a bigger container...By the way, your orchid is very healthy looking! Betty :-)

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    Thank you Jeff! I can do that with no problem...."leave as is", that is. :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey6115 View Post
    Leave it as is. That medium will eventually rot and fall out. As long as your plant has those great roots you have no problem. Most just set it into a larger basket when it needs it. That's how I do all mine that are in baskets.

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    Thank you aja! You and Jeff have made my task very simple! I love "simple". :>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajamarie View Post
    i think this is a valid question for folks new to this however so thank you for posting it...but yes i am with leave it...then plunck it in a bigger basket...your roots look great!

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    Hi Betty! Thank you, as well! :>)
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    Thanks for your help, Connie! So, it's unanimous.....I do basically nothing. I can handle that. Also, thank you for the compliment.....my little stars seems to be content living with me. As for "what I do"....nothing special at all. It's the Alabama air, I guess. :>)

    I'm sure you're kidding me when you say your little stars never seem to thrive. No doubt all of your orchids do wonderfully under your care!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I had the same problem a couple days ago. A large catt that was so not wanting to let go of it's big fat bark chunks. It got the same treatment as the above mentioned. I found it a bigger basket to sit in and figured that would do. And may I say...your little stars looks very healthy and happy. What do you do with these?? Mine never seem to thrive for some reason.

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    I agree with the other members on this one. If you want to, sit it into another larger basket and let it keep going. Looks so healthy Vicki!!

    Cheers,
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