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Terrified to repot my new Rossioglossum

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    Okay, so I got another Rossioglossum 'Rawdon Jester' after my last one croaked. The directions I always get with this particular vendors plants say "do not pot within the first 30 days of arrival, as this can seriously harm your plant". I'm not sure why, other than to give the plant time to acclimate to your particular environment before messing with it. But I digress. Both Rossios I've gotten from this vendor have been squeezed into teeny, tiny 2" "pots" made of some kind of very flimsy plastic. This size pot is ridiculously small for the root ball and the plant itself and it's in straight-up fine moss packed very tightly with no ventilation holes. I'm unsure if it's grown in this mess its entire life or they just shove it in before shipping it...but the algae on top suggests that it has always been in this, and somehow, unharmed.

    Anyway, I'm horrified to take it out and repot it as I feel like that's what did my last one in. These Rossioglossums are very tricky little plants and I honestly have no idea if I should even mess with it...and if I should, how I should go about doing it. What medium to use, what size pot, with KIND of pot etc. Do these things really like their entire root mass (which barely fit into a 5" pot upon unraveling the roots, going by my last one) packed into a 2" little piece of nothing with no viable breathing holes (aside from a small one on the bottom)?

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    It's strange that a vendor would warn against repotting within a certain timeframe. Unless they are worried that you'd find bad roots. After thirty days they could say you caused it yourself. I've never had one of these. If you are uncomfortable with the way it's potted, it's most likely best to repot. Could you post a pic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    It's strange that a vendor would warn against repotting within a certain timeframe. Unless they are worried that you'd find bad roots. After thirty days they could say you caused it yourself. I've never had one of these. If you are uncomfortable with the way it's potted, it's most likely best to repot. Could you post a pic?
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    That kind of marketing scheme sounds very typical of this crappy vendor. This is the same vendor (and same plant) I had to have get an exchange for after they gave me the runaround for two weeks. I will try to post some pictures tonight.

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    I'd say you should find a new vendor. How many other plants have you gotten from them? Unless a vendor has stellar reviews (from a trusted source) or is VERY well known, it's best to make a smallish inexpensive order as a test. Plants being a bit smaller than I imagined...ok. Plants being in really rough shape...they gotta fix it quick.
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    Just repot the orchid. I make it a point to repot all new plants to make sure they are alright. Usually when I don't repot it is because it came directly from a friend who I trust grows well.

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    I do too, Bruce. Like always...it's my number one rule when I purchase a new orchid. I'm just horrified of Rossioglossums, I guess.

    Anyhow, here are some pictures of the plant in question:

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    It looks very healthy. I'd repot

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    Agreed! It looks good...
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    Can I ask, Bruce and Jason , if it looks good then why the need to repot ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    Can I ask, Bruce and Jason , if it looks good then why the need to repot ?
    I agree, if its alright then why disturb it? I leave them alone if they are settled, not uprooting them and putting them through stress unnecessarily.

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