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Repotting problem

This is a discussion on Repotting problem within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a NOID den. that is in a 4" pot with 2 big chunks ...

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    I have a NOID den. that is in a 4" pot with 2 big chunks of bark and a little sphag. The bark chunks won't budge, so I'm going to have to crack open the pot and I have no idea what I'll find. I assume the canes are growing on the bark chunks, so I'll have to transfer them into the new pot, right? I was also wondering whether to replace the spagh with more of the same or switch to bark chips. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    I have only one Den (Dendrobium spectabile) and it is growing in bark mix with no problem. Hope this helps

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    It sounds like the plant mounted itself on the bark chunks, so yes, you're more than likely going to have to smash the pot to get everything out. If the roots really have stuck themselves firmly to the bark, don't try prying them off. Just repot the whole thing in something bigger.

    Clay dries roots out a lot faster than plastic does, so the sphag was probably in there to slow that down a little. If you repot in plastic, I would just go ahead and use bark. If you're going back into clay, a little sphag won't hurt as long as you don't pack it in densely: Dends like to dry off between waterings....

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    Thanks, everyone. I was surprised at how healthy the roots were. Apparently, the hunk-of-bark-and-lump-of-sphag method isn't a bad way to pot a small dendrobium.

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    Your "hunk" of bark sounds like a chunk of coconut husk that I have found some dends at HD and Lowe's potted in....very difficult to remove, but it is possible..it kind of peels away in layers. Plus, the ones I have seen have already rotted. It stays very wet, so be careful if that is what it is.

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    Luckily, I tend to underwater if anything, so hopefully it will be okay.

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