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This is a discussion on How To Divide This? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Since you've decided to divide it, rather than put it in a larger basket, I ...
Since you've decided to divide it, rather than put it in a larger basket, I agree with Mangus that you can cut through the entire plant and the basket. Luckily it's a plastic basket and easy to cut. A big knife will probably work but I find that a hand saw can work even better for a large plant. I hope Mangus was kidding about a chain saw. That sounds dangerous to me.
hhahhah sounds like a problem i have dividing a C.Porcia...i could never do it without severely damaging and setting back the plant and your plant seems vigourous and healthy i wud never divide.....i would proably get the portions growing over the pot to root ona next pot place at the base of the pbs where the roots emerge
Last edited by King Kjeldz; October 12th, 2012 at 05:47 PM.
Tanya, the more I think about this thread, the more I feel that I might have given you some bad information. Even though I have used a fine toothed hand saw to divide some really big orchids, the saw does tend to pull on the roots and cause quite a bit of damage. As I think back I feel that I had better results using a good pair of pruning shears. The one I like for this kind of dividing has a curved blade. You can cut right through the plastic pot with the shears and it takes several cuts to get through the entire root ball. The Plants I used a hand saw on where much bigger and had a huge solid root ball. Good luck.
The workers have cut down some more of the big Hibiscus tree this morning and was able to get few logs. I got busy and this is one of the result....I've decided not to divide the plant after all because one, I can not do it on my own, and two, hubby flatly refused to help me.
I would have preferred the mount the catt without the plastic basket, it look more natural that way...