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Repot Psychopsis that may be in spike?

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    Question Repot Psychopsis that may be in spike?

    I was planning to repot my Psychopsis when it started putting up a new growth, since the most recent mature growth is at the edge of the 'pot' (It's a water bottle as I realized after unpotting the last time that I didn't have a new pot of the right size). However, I saw something coming up today that looks thinner than a new growth--I think it may be a spike? It would be the first one.

    My question is, if it is a spike, when should I repot? Now? Sometime in the future? I know these can be in spike/bloom for a long time, and I'm concerned the plant may be too crowded. I guess at least I can cut the 'pot' away. I know Psychopsis hate to be repotted. Thank you for any advice.
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    It is a spike. If the medium is fresh, leave it as it is. Psychopsis species and hybrids generally do not like being repotted frequently.

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    Not only do they hate being repotted, they often won't bloom until they are potbound. IF (big if) the roots are not stuck to the pot and you can just lift the plant out of the pot and move it up one pot size without disturbing the old medium much, filling around with fresh medium, then repot now. Or if the old medium is putting the roots at risk, repot now, gently.

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    I believe come spring it will have been in the pot for 2 yrs (I really need to keep records). I know supposedly bark breaks down in 1-2 yrs, but at least 2/3 of the medium is charcoal and sponge rock. How much extra time do you think that could buy me in this case? The bark pieces I see still look OK so far...

    I know it's better to repot when new growths are starting, but I'm picturing this plant with a giant spike that I'm trying not to break... Have any of you repotted when in bloom or in spike?

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    I don't think you need to worry about the bark breaking down with the mix being 2/3 charcoal and sponge rock. In that environment it will break down slower and never really be a hazard for making it soggy with nothing around it that retains much water. When it is time to move to a larger pot disturb the roots as little as possible, don't bother to remove the old medium, and fill around the edges of the new pot with a similar mostly inorganic medium. I have never repotted a Psychopsis with a spike, but I think it would be better to do it now while the spike is as small as possible.

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    Angie no need to repot I got more than 6 pseudobulbs so far doing quite well, just leave it alone.

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    I've had good success with Psychopsis when they are put in tree fern. Can't remember where I learned about this, but I also have friends that couldn't get them to bloom until they repotted into this. This is the only genera I use tree fern.

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    I would let it continue to grow in the pot that it is in now. Don't repot or you will probably not see that orchid spike turn to buds and blooms.

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