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What was I thinking?

This is a discussion on What was I thinking? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; We know that orchids begin new growth at different times of the year, but the ...

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    Default What was I thinking?

    We know that orchids begin new growth at different times of the year, but the great majority of the plants that I keep begin new growth in March thru May. We also know that at the time of early growth is the best time to repot. Today I decided it was time to take stock and see which plants were popping new roots and in need of repotting. Where did all of those seedlings and young plants come from? I find myself in need of repotting over 100 plants and they are ready now. What the heck was I thinking when I just had to have them?
    So this brings a question. Do you find that you continue buying plants until all of your available time is tied up or when you run out of room? I still have plenty of space because I grow in the basement and can always add another light. But, I am not sure I have more time.

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    Sorry, I can't really answer. I have sort of run out of room, but keep finding space to squeeze one more in. I just seem to make the time.... And, I haven't stopped getting plants. So, either I haven't reached the limitations or I am just plum crazy!

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    Think it's time to strategize what you get. Maybe it's time to focus on ultimately slow growers so that you do not need to repot in 10 years or the plant died, whichever comes earlier. Take for example, bulbo frostii. Earth needs to turn one full round for one bulb to grow.
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    Don; I certainly understand your dilemma. Most of my orchids don't need repotting this spring, but at 45 or so plants I don't feel I can properly manage more and give them the care they need. A hundred young plants needing repotting is daunting, but doable with good organization and if you think like a nurseryman and don't get overly protective of your orchids or fussy. Look at it as something of a assembly line production or expect it to take a lot longer. Personally I don't feel I am doing right by my orchids if I don't fuss with them and this definitely limits my purchases. Good growing no matter what way you go in the future! AL

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    Oh Don, welcome to my world. I have run out of room and have been very creative in finding new ways to fit in 'just one more..' hahah... I wish you lots of luck with all that repotting. When you finish, please come visit me... I have plenty of repotting to do and can help keep you in practice for next year... hahaha...

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    I have decided to divide and conquer. Filled a 5 gallon bucket last night with bark and water. Tonight I swill repot until I run out of bark. I will fill the bucket up again and tomorrow night repeat the process - keep it up until they are all done. I have this fear that when I get them all potted I will step back and say "Hmmm, look there - I see an empty spot'. I think it is futile to resist, I already have my eye on a couple more Catt. species. Oh well, at least I can rest in the knowlege that through this site I am in good company!!!

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