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Help with Gram. Scriptum "Hihimanu" x Gram. Scriptum "Tigrinum"

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    Default Help with Gram. Scriptum "Hihimanu" x Gram. Scriptum "Tigrinum"

    I received this guy as a gift in early March. It was shipped to me with a small spike forming. The end of the spike dried up which i attribute to shipping but fortunately three buds survived and are now open. My question is should I repot and if so when. It is in a four inch plastic pot. I have it sitting in the 6" clay pot for support. I would appreciate info on repotting and culture from anyone who grows these. What is the best growing medium, light, temps and watering for these? When I repot should all the roots be in medium? I love the flowers and their color. I know these plants get large and put out tremendous spkes which I am hoping to achieve. It has a large healthy new growth. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    hi Bill,
    well at least you got some flowers, nice!
    i would say its ready to repot after flowering, for i can see a new growth already and in no time it grows over the pot. it would still do best mounted on a tree in full sun, but i dont think its an option for you.
    almost no medium needed, i put em in a coconut husk, roots grow tru and over it, needs Vanda light and more. i never water em outside, so go easy on it, at best heavy watering every 1-2 weeks.
    an old growers trick to flower em, 6 weeks no water at all, then 2 weeks heavy watering.
    that is all for species, but i think it goes for hybrids as well.

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    Thanks Ron for the tip on getting it to bloom. Will try it on my scriptum.

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    Wow! Would you look at those roots?!?! Magnificent! I think it's happy with you, Bill.

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    Thanks Ron for the advice and info. I really appreciate it.

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    Bill:
    I grow mine in medium/small chunks of tree fern in wire or wood baskets. This way you do not disturb the roots when repoting, just drop it in the next size basket. They love sun and fertilizer and will grow up to large specimen if proper care given.

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    Hi Bill,
    As you will see my photography is not the best, but I am going to try to attach a pic of my Gram. scriptum var. citrum. which is in full bloom right now. It is about 5 years old and as you can see it is quite large. Unfortunately since it has never had this many spikes, and I had no other suitable place to hang it when so many came out, where it is hanging now does not allow it to really show off.
    when I got it I was advised to put it into a large wire basket with fairly large bands (big enough that the pbs could grow through) and one large piece of coconut husk nothing else. the roots like to be free. I did this and now you cannot see the wire basket anymore. I water from the bottom, and fertilise as I do all my other orchids.
    oops!! I have just discovered that I cannot attach my pic. here so I will have to post it in one of the other Orch. photo threads. Hope you will look for it.
    Hope it will give you an idea of how big this plant can get.
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    The pics. are posted in "other Orch. Genera in bloom" Cheers

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    I wonder if a wire hanging basket with a coco-fiber liner would work?

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    I am not too much in favour of the fully lined fiber. I would suggest a small round of fiber in the bottom only. leaving the sides open because, though I noticed that your roots seem to be fatter than mine, when those psbs start to multiply (and they are LARGE) the roots and the bulbs become quite matted and with all that fiber in there you would be looking for rot. Actually, when the plant really gets going their roots are quite fine and grow upwards into a big white ball which adds to the beauty of the speciemen plant.
    I am posting a pic of a small one I started just last year.
    Hope I have been helpful in getting yours started.
    Angela.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    I am not too much in favour of the fully lined fiber. I would suggest a small round of fiber in the bottom only. leaving the sides open because, though I noticed that your roots seem to be fatter than mine, when those psbs start to multiply (and they are LARGE) the roots and the bulbs become quite matted and with all that fiber in there you would be looking for rot. Actually, when the plant really gets going their roots are quite fine and grow upwards into a big white ball which adds to the beauty of the speciemen plant.
    I am posting a pic of a small one I started just last year.
    Hope I have been helpful in getting yours started.
    Angela.
    Angela , you have been a tremendous amount of help and I understand what you mean by using just a small circle of the fiber. I have to get out of the mind set that this one needs to be planted in bark and left to grow on it own. One of the things I really like about this orchid is the root system. I am glad that it becomes a part of the visual beauty of the plant. Thanks again so much and hope that one day I can be of help to you. By the way I envy you and where you live. What a beautiful area of this planet.

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