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New orchids, do I repot?

This is a discussion on New orchids, do I repot? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just bought three orchids from a great dealer in Hawaii. I have two Cattleyas ...

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    Default New orchids, do I repot?

    I just bought three orchids from a great dealer in Hawaii. I have two Cattleyas and a Phsycopsis. All the plants are in wonderful condition and growing. None of them are in spike or bloom. They are in a bark mix. I am wondering if I should just repot them and let them learn to grow in my conditions, or if that would be an unnecessary shock to them? The larger Cattleya has growing room in its pot and a new p-bulb that has one root just starting. The smaller Cattleya is spilling out from its pot and has a new p-bulb with roots just starting on it. The Phsycopsis seems pretty tight in its pot (gosh its cute!!). The medium in all three pots is a bark mix that looks like its been there a while. I'm sure they are used to a LOT more humidity than I have here.

    I plan to go S/H with them, my Cattleyas seem to love it and the Phsycopsis seems like a really good candidate, as it likes humidity, but rots easily (according to my research).

    So, what do you all think? And, yes, I will try to get some pictures in the next couple of days and post them in the appropriate areas.

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    If i have doubts about the potting medium i repot.I have a huge BLC which i could not remove the old medium so decided to put it into a larger pot & filled the gaps with LECA.Not full on s/h as i learned that they need a wet/dry cycle.I have the plant in a large saucer & allow this to 1/2 fill with water & then remove any excess after a few hours.Plant has put roots down into saucer & is extremely happy.
    1 off my Psychopsis did well in s/h for a few years & then went into decline probably due to low temps in the winter but it grew & flowered really well when it was in my grow room.
    Seeing as though your growing conditions are very different to mine your results may be different.

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    Always a good idea to repot new orchid coming into your collection. This way they are potted for the way you water.

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    With a mealybugs experience (unvisible from the beginning) in my rucksuck, I recommend rapeseed oil treatment and quarantine (since I don't do systemic treatments) for weeeeeka, with new orchids :-)!
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    Considering your intent, I would definitely repot them now.

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    I echo everyone else, most of the potted plants from Hawaii have had bad bark at the bottom of the pot.

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    Ok, that gives me the confidence to go forward, now to be sure I have the necessary media and containers to put them in! I'll start with the Catt that is most overgrown to see what's going on inside!

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