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This is a discussion on den roots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everyone, Just a little boast. I repotted my dendrobium yesterday and I was rather ...

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    Hello everyone,
    Just a little boast.

    I repotted my dendrobium yesterday and I was rather surprised when I saw her root system. Obviously to me, she has been a happy orchid and has been working hard to maintain the nice foliage she has (and sometimes blooms). By the way, she popped right out of her clay pot as soon as I cracked it...no prying)

    I have a cattleya that I repotted last year with a root system somewhat similar to this, but not quite as extensive. Other than these two, I've never experienced tons of roots on any of my orchids in the past.

    Now, to all of you professionals: Please tell me if there's something I am missing. Maybe I shouldn't be so happy with her roots, afterall, for some reason. If that's the case, please explain what the problem is and how to correct it. Honestly, I've not had enough years of growing experience to recognize improvement that should be made.

    I have understood in the past that I should repot with the oldest canes closer to the edge of the pot so as to allow growing room for new growths. Did I understand correctly, of do I need to unpot and make a change?

    I would appreciate all advice, comments and constructive criticism.

    Oh, and another "by the way", she's blooming again. Not necessarily spectacular blooms, but never-the-less blooms that I'm proud of.
    Thanks for reading and looking,
    Vicki
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    Very healthy roots. You are obviously doing something right, so keep doing whatever you've done to this plant so far. I believe dendrobium roots like to be on the crowded side (do not overpot) and like rapid wetting and drying cycles, so do not use a medium that retains moisture for too long in between waterings. Out of curiosity, what medium have you used for this plant? Bark?

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    BTW, you ca increase the amount of light and up the fertiliser to get longer spikes on next blooming.

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    congratulations on the root growth on your dendrobium orchid. Way to go!

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by paphioboy View Post
    BTW, you ca increase the amount of light and up the fertiliser to get longer spikes on next blooming.
    longer spikes??? whats the max amount of blooms that dendrobium can achieve??

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    Thank you Bruce!

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    Thank you...I'm glad that you think my den's roots are healthy.

    To answer your question, the potting mix I used for this plant was primarily Prime Agra - although I added some bark, as well.

    Vicki


    Quote Originally Posted by paphioboy View Post
    Very healthy roots. You are obviously doing something right, so keep doing whatever you've done to this plant so far. I believe dendrobium roots like to be on the crowded side (do not overpot) and like rapid wetting and drying cycles, so do not use a medium that retains moisture for too long in between waterings. Out of curiosity, what medium have you used for this plant? Bark?

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    I'm also curious about this, King. Maybe paphioboy will clue us in.


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    longer spikes??? whats the max amount of blooms that dendrobium can achieve??

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    WHOAH!

    I've never seen anything like this...looks healthy to me!

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    Hi!
    This was my first time to see so many roots, too. I had a catt sometime back with almost this many roots, but aside from these two...never any experience in the past with a bigtime rooty orchid.

    Thanks....it seems to be very healthy. Since I've repotted it, let's hope it stays that way.

    Vicki




    Quote Originally Posted by nagurski View Post
    WHOAH!

    I've never seen anything like this...looks healthy to me!

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