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How To Divide This?

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    Hello, I haven't been here for a long time and now I have a problem. My plants due to neglect had become overgrown, some died and now that I find sometime to tend to them again, I have a problem. This one is a NOID white Catt and it had filled up its pot and I just have no idea how to begin dividing it. Any suggestions??? Thank you in advance.
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    A Chainsaw?


    Or a sharp knife.
    Just decide what lead to save and start with cutting the rizome, continue with the pot, thereafter cut as few roots as possibly. Unfortunate it is impossibly to save all the roots but try to save as many you can on the best leads and hope for the best on the rest. And if you cut it up in small bits, remember to spare at least 3-4 pseudobulbs on each part.

    If you decide to cut it in just two, you can just take the knife and make the cut! Straight down the middle. Then you can carefully remove the roots you can, not belonging to each plant and just plant the two parts in separate baskets.

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    Or you could leave it in one piece and just up pot it. Plop the whole thing in a larger pot and fill the spaces with new media.

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    Wow - if that's what your plants do when they're neglected...

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    Put it in a bigger pot/basket I'd say, that fleshy green monster will look absolutely spectacular when in bloom! Hmm, looks like she's thriving in a basket, I wonder if mine would do well like that. Such healthy, crunchy roots You chose the right orchid to neglect!
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    Leaving it alone is the easiest way out, but they are now growing on top of one another and there is now a big competition for food and water. Because I am now too busy to tend to them everyday, the growths have now become smaller and smaller. Potting it in a bigger pot is out of the question because that would mean it would become bigger and heavier. As of now it is already very heavy for me to handle. I want to divide it so that I could share it with my friends and keep a piece for my self to mount on a piece of log. I have good success growing orchids that way and the orchids do very well even though I neglect them for few days to a week sometimes. Here is one of my tree logs. I will post a picture of my tree log tomorrow but for now here is an old photo when I had just started more than a year ago. I don't know if I have posted it here before.Name:  IMG_2450.JPG
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    HI Tanya!! It is so nice to hear from you. I hope you and your family are doing well.

    cheers,
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    Hi Bruce! Me and my family are all fine thank you. I am going to be very busy again next year because we are expecting the arrival of my first grandchild on December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
    Hi Bruce! Me and my family are all fine thank you. I am going to be very busy again next year because we are expecting the arrival of my first grandchild on December.
    Congrats nice to hear that.

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    Nice to hear from you again,Tanya -- been quite a while.

    For dividing that monster, a machete/sharp knife or saw will do the job. Some pbs will be lost as well as a number of roots, but the plant will recover.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
    I am going to be very busy again next year because we are expecting the arrival of my first grandchild on December.
    Congrats!

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