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Phapiopedium : Sherry Baby

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    Default Phapiopedium : Sherry Baby

    I got this orchid as a gift i was a large plant in a 3 inch pot and the roots were so many you could not actually see the pot and it had not compost at all....so I had to divide it just to pot it up I did not have a clay pot large enough for all the plant.

    I was told this was wrong and I should have just went and got a larger clay pot but I am older and I can not lift large pots. so I see it as if one dies I can still have 2 more....one has a stalk a small one and i made sure when I cut the plant I was careful and made sure the smallest bunch had 4 bulbs.

    now my question...

    I was told this is the hardest type orchid to grow what do you all say?

    I have 2 demb's. and 2 large phals. and 4- miniature ones. phals that is.


    how do I care for this shary Baby???

    I put the plant in the mixture in a bunch of everything my on combination. free flowing .


    I was told its a beauty of a plant but I have always stayed away from this type of orchid because of what heard.

    any help well be so grateful and as I said I do not know a thing about this type of orchid....HELP!!!!!!!!

    thanks
    jb

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    Can't see your pic, don't know if it is a paph or an oncidium. The only one that I have heard of is an oncidium. Oncidiums have bulbs, sounds like you did just fine. Lots of light and plenty of water to keep bulbs plump. I always chop mine up, they just get too big to handle. I planted my last group in lava rock before that they were in bark chip... I find them easy to grow. Sherry Baby smells like chocolate and is very popular.

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    I suspect your orchid is actually an Oncidium Sharry Baby. Dividing this orchid should not hurt it as it is a fast grower when the conditions are right. Make sure it doesn't dry completely out and gets good, bright light. You'll be dividing them again before long....

    cheers,
    BD

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    Thanks I was running out of pots and now on one the leaves are falling off I may have damaged them in the cutting process I was careful but even as careful as yu can be its almost imposable not to cut into something. So far they are looking good in the other 2 pots they have not lost any leaves and they are a bit larger. I watered them actually flooded them so I have not had to wart again yet, I like my orchids according what medium there in to be on the dry side. I have a water meter tester I know a lot of people do not like those but other than spag I use different potting medium in different type orchids.I have saved a lot of houseplants using it. I just never received a orchid with no type of anything to show me what it was suppose to be planted in and it all roots and covered the tiny pot....amazing.
    sorry did not mean to writ so much.
    jb's

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