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Cirrhopetalum repotting advice

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    What is the best way to repot a Cirrhopetalum?
    I would like to keep it in a pot and not mount it. It's currently in a 3" pot with the pbulbs and roots hanging over the edges. It's in bark with the roots wound all around to the bottom of the pot. I know it's going to dry out to fast for me. I've never grown one or re-potted something so unruly looking. I don't know where to start really.

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    They can be a rambling species. If you are going to use a pot, use a larger plastic pot that is not too deep. Like ones that are designed for bulbs. Remove your plant, shake or spray off old media. put in new pot. I like growing rambling species in a slat basket or mount.

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    The current pot is just under 4". How shallow should I go? I have a variety of plastic pot sizes and some plastic baskets. I can cut them down to any height if they are too tall.

    Everything that is hanging over the pot now should be set inside the new pot?

    The ones you grow in a slatted basket, are you using moss?


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    I line the basket with netting (actually old shade cloth) and use a fine bark mix. You can let it overhang or let overhanging growths rest on the surface where it will root in and ramble over the edge eventually. I have also grown this in treefern baskets. But my Bulbos are been grown in a greenhouse.

    Height. I use bulb pan pots are wider than deep. a 6" bulb pan must be about 3.5" tall.

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    Thanks for the help. This purchase was more of an online impulse buy and I didn't do much research before getting it. There is an orchid show coming up and I can check out what supplies they have if I find mine do not work.

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    any good garden center is a good source for bulb pans. Western Penn Show is next weekend ...should be fun!

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    I have a cirrhopetalum that I bought a few years ago at about the same size yours is now...I basketed mine as Ron described....old shade cloth liner with small bark medium. They certainly ramble in any direction and are nearly impossible to contain. I've not tried a bulb pan, but I'd think a basket would be easier in the long run as long as you can commit to watering frequently.
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    I think fine bark is a suitable medium in the mild summer climates; while a finer medium like an orchid mix works well in warmer summer areas. And, you should re-pot in every two to three years; from February to June with a well-drained medium.

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