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How to repot this Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana Philippine orchid ?

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    Default How to repot this Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana Philippine orchid ?

    In attachment pict of Phalaenopsis reichenbachiana, Identified by a passing by Japanses Orchid collector, telling me its very rare and exstint in the wild.The plant is in our possesion almost 25 years(from my late mother in law) had produced 3 side plants who flower already.The japanese yakuza was very interested and told me to repot one of them and he would pick it up by his next visit by end of the year at a very nice price.
    Unfortunatly the yakuza trick didnt work well and one week after the repotting my plant was stone dead.
    Now i still have 2 i want to repot, can somebody help me to advice a better way then the yakuza method, in deatil how to cut of the 2 plants from the motherplant and replant them so
    they grow.Much appreciated on the beforehand
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    hi,
    just curious, what was the yakuza method?
    true, P. reichenbachiana is getting rare in the wild, but hopefully not extinct yet. from your pix its not clear if its a reichenbachiana, the lip looks almost too round, where as it should be triangular on the end, like an arrow.
    otherwise its a P.fasciata.

    your plant seems very healthy and mounting is probably a better choice for you. so you just wait for a keiki (baby plant) to get a few healthy roots, either cut it off the spike, or twist it off, and its ready for mounting or potting. you could use coconut chips, charcoal and styrofoam pieces to mix it up.

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    well thats exactly what the yakuza told me to do, and one week later ... patay(requiem in pacem)and now i have only 2 left so i am somewhat hesitant, as this orchid dont seems to make babys very fast... it takes years,it hatched only 3 new plants in 25 years... patience is at a premium with this plant

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    Perhaps you should try mounting them on a stick or piece of driftwood. I cannot tell you how many potted species phals I have seen die quickly. The ones I have currently....there is one in a basket with no wood at all, bare roots; I have it placed inside a clay pot with styrofoam. The second species phal I have is growing in a net bag against a treefern placque with some spagnum around the roots. If you can find a little moss to put on the roots, leave some of the root exposed, they should be okay. Then you will need to make sure and water it at least once a day, twice is better when it's hot. And also; I find the plants like mist better than just pouring water on them. When the mist is fine and the water warm, the plant can absorb it much easier. One last thing; i try to keep my species in very high sunlight, but where the air movement is very good so as to keep them cool. Good Luck! Hope this helps.

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    thanks for the potting instruction, so if i put some rooting hormone on the newly severed orchid will that improve my chances of succes, as repotting these orchids dont seems to be a piece of cake

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