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Den. repotting

This is a discussion on Den. repotting within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ewbie, welcome to the forum , kumusta?? Which part of the country do you live? ...

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    Ewbie, welcome to the forum, kumusta??

    Which part of the country do you live? I no longer live in Philippines but this is what I observed with the Dendros that are growing in ppls garden during my visits. Almost all of them are mounted on pieces of branches/wood. Even those that are planted on pots, ppl just tie the pot to the branch and eventually, the roots will find their way out of the pot and attached themselves to the mount. This make sense because rainy season is long and very wet, and the Dendros don't like their roots being wet all the time. So I advise you to do the same, remove the plant from its pot and tie the plant, coco husk and all to a mount/branch. If you can't do this then wait till the medium is dry before watering.

    As to cleaning the leaves, sure you can clean them using a damp cloth or you can just hose them down. You are blessed with a climate that is perfect for growing Dendros so it should not be so much of a problem for you. For fertilizer, hmmm .....I use 20-20-20 for most of my orchids. But I am not familiar with the fertilizers that are available for you so we better ask the expert . NTG, any advice you can give Ewbie??

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    hi to everyone and thank you so much to all the replies!
    tanya, i live in quezon city. dendrob here are normally in pots when buying in the flower shop. and i think i am not capable of repotting yet. but thanks for the advice.
    actually, i just removed my vanda from the bark coz i can't stand it when seeing the medium getting darker and black on the holes. well, i did it(repot) with my vanda since it got infected before and left black spots on the leaves. i heard it's because of the rain.

    i have to leave now...be back tomorrow!

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    Hi all,
    I am new to growing Orchids, my sister-in-law has some very beautiful Orchids and I just bought 6. They are all in bloom and very beautiful. What I would like to know is should I cut them after they start to die one by one or wait for the whole stock to die? And how to water and fertilize after the bloom and begin to die. I'm not even sure about the type yet because the tag on the plant is generalized. I will post pictures of the beautiful blooms for help tomorrow. I do know they are 4 of the type Dendrobium and 2 of the Oncidium. Thanks for your help in advance.
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    [QUOTE=bench72]Hopefully some of our other growers from the philippines can explain what they do to their dendrobiums to get them to bloom.

    Good luck growing your plants!

    well, when i ask the shop how to care for the orchids they gave me TURTON brand which consist of 20% Growth, 5% Nitrogen, 4% Phosphorous, and 3% Potassium and then there's another Peters Professional (Bloom Booster) 9-45-15. said i should apply alternately weekly. i guess that's what they do also to their orchids. and also they water them everyday! i told them that i read in books and internet to let it dry also between waterings but they do not believe that. that's why i see algae on top of the coconut husk.
    well, i have been applying since september and i hope i could be succesful in letting my plant bloom.
    by the way, how would i know its blooming stage since when i ask the shop they say dendrobs bloom every 3 months. so can i still let them dry out on the 3rd month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya

    This make sense because rainy season is long and very wet, and the Dendros don't like their roots being wet all the time. So I advise you to do the same, remove the plant from its pot and tie the plant, coco husk and all to a mount/branch. If you can't do this then wait till the medium is dry before watering.
    Finally, I found the courage to repot!
    Tanya, thank you so much for your advice coz I found out that all the roots have rot! And thank you also for mde's comment on another forum that coconut husk tend to hold so much water.
    But since I have a stand for them, I put it in plastic pot so I could see inside if its moist or not since am still new with this hobby. I put more of charcoal and a little chc. I hope that would be fine.

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    Smile Hi Flfeathers

    Quote Originally Posted by flfeathers
    Hi all,
    I am new to growing Orchids, my sister-in-law has some very beautiful Orchids and I just bought 6. They are all in bloom and very beautiful. What I would like to know is should I cut them after they start to die one by one or wait for the whole stock to die? And how to water and fertilize after the bloom and begin to die. I'm not even sure about the type yet because the tag on the plant is generalized. I will post pictures of the beautiful blooms for help tomorrow. I do know they are 4 of the type Dendrobium and 2 of the Oncidium. Thanks for your help in advance.
    Jewels

    I am also new, just registered today. I need to know how to cut the orchids once the bloom is gone. I actually cut the whole stem, but also just cut off the dead stem of the flower. Any help would be great
    Thanks,

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    hi orchidfan! am still new with this hobbie (less than a year) but what i do with my dendrobium is cut when all blooms wilted leaving 1-2cm of the spike.
    good luck with your plants!

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    Thank you very much, I will let you know how the new blooms do when I see any.

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    Thanks, that would be great!
    Love to see pictures. It gives encouragement (to buy more hehe) and they are all beautiful in their own way

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    I have had to resort to soaking some of my orchid plants to make the roots pliable in order to loosen them from their pots. Sometimes soaking them for many hours to to it. Patience is the word. It's worked for me.

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