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Zygopetulum in need of repot?

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    Default Zygopetulum in need of repot?

    Name:  3-24-12 Zygopetulum.jpg
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Size:  42.9 KBName:  3-24-12 Zygo pbulbs.JPG
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Size:  155.7 KBI'd like to ask those who have some experience with Zygo's if this just acquired large plant should be repotted immediately. It stands about 23" above the pot rim, is in a 5" plastic pot and most of the 7 pulbs are about golf ball sized. Its supposed to be Zygo B.G. White, if that matters. I have little experience with these orchids, and I'm always wary of those that are claimed to be 'easy'. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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    Wow, Tony - that is one healthy-looking zygo! I have a B.G. White that is also very tall, has 3 pseudobulbs and one new growth, and is in a 5" plastic pot. Yours looks much better - if nothing else, it says a lot about the nursery that grew it (and I have no idea what that nursery is, nor am I asking for a name - that's for Bruce's benefit). Anyway, I think this is a tough decision. I'm not sure if all B.G. Whites bloom around the same time, but mine bloomed around Christmas, and the new growth started about a month ago. Your new growths look quite a bit bigger, which generally means that they have put down some pretty good-sized young roots already, which would be inevitably damaged at least a little in repotting. On the other hand, it DOES look like it's ready to split the pot open, so it's possible that the roots are so packed in, they're suffocating anyway.

    Okay - so can I do anything besides make this decision harder? I actually come down on the side of not repotting it - 1)because it looks so healthy; 2) because the roots above the medium are live and healthy; 3) because of the potential new growth damage; and 4) because I've read that zygos actually like to have their rhizomes right at or above the medium, the way yours looks. Of course, if the medium is decomposing, then you DO have to repot it, but I can't tell from the photos, and it's unlikely the plant would look so healthy if it was.

    If you keep it in its current pot, be sure to mist the roots above the medium pretty regularly, and you may have to water it more often because there are more roots than medium and the plant can't retain water as long with less medium.

    BUT....now it comes to me - a good compromise might be to pot it up - that is, remove the entire plant, medium and all, disturbing as little of it as possible, and place the entire thing wholesale into a bigger pot and surround the spaces with fresh medium. If you can find a 7" pot, that would be good - if not, opt for a 6" - not an 8" - smaller is almost always better. And make sure you have it stabilized so it won't tip over since it's so top-heavy.

    How's that for quick and easy answers?

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    Thanks Maura, I did go ahead and repot it this morning. Took some soaking to get it out of that 5 1/4" pot. I had to use an 8" pot, which is all I had available. I know it may be a bit overpotted, but I think with the number of roots I saw, it'll be okay. I'll post some additional pics as soon as I download them from the camera.
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    Great, Tony. I think you'll be rewarded with an even healthier plant - AND some spikage! Can't wait to see the photos.

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    Name:  3-25-12 Zygo repotted.JPG
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Size:  91.4 KBOkay, so here's the series of pics of my repotting this big Zygo. Took a bit of soaking and pressing on the pot to convince her to pot out, but then she went into the larger pot undisturbed and I filled in with a fir bark mix like what was imbeded around those happy roots. I hope I can provide conditions this one will get to like. I know it can get pretty toasty around here come July and Aug. So I'll keep it as cool as possible.
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    Sorry, but these first two pics got left behind in the above post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otis226 View Post
    Sorry, but these first two pics got left behind in the above post.
    Ayuh - it was ready for potting up. All those roots around the outside of the pot were eventually going to suffocate and die - I've seen it again and again. Nice job - I like seeing the process. And, man, those are healthy roots!!!

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    Looks like a very healthy plant!! I recently repotted mine since I kept knocking it over in the little pot it is. With how big the roots are on these guys I think you'll be fine in a bit larger of a pot

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