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Encyclia repotting.

This is a discussion on Encyclia repotting. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I currently have two Encyclia's that are in baskets. The growth appears okay and the ...

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    Default Encyclia repotting.

    I currently have two Encyclia's that are in baskets. The growth appears okay and the pseudopods are not wrinkled. The roots however, look dried out and I am wanting to repot in a plastic pot with many holes in hopes of allowing drainage but maintaining more moisture for the roots. Would this be a bad time to repot?

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    Are you actively growing new roots?

    The same conditions for any other orchid being re-potted hold here too.

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    The larger one does not appear to be growing new roots which is why I was wondering if it wouldn't be better to repot it now. Would it hurt?

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    You might want to hear some advice from others that grow more Encyclias and hybrids than I do, but I think you will have more root problems if you go from a basket to a plastic pot. IME, Encyclias seem to need near-perfect drainage and air flow at the roots. Mine seem to grow well in terracotta clay pots with scoria (= "lava rock"). The scoria does not break down therefore the medium always stays open and drains well.

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    Since it is a change of season I guess I'll wait and see. maybe I should have changed it's location
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    I have 4 encyclias, all different.

    I have one mounted, probably on wayyyyyy too small of cork wood down the road called encyclia megalantha. It is doing quite well. Unfortunately, I let it fall to the floor once and it broke a bunch of roots, setting it back. It has recovered from that now. I bought it real early in my orchid buying time before I learned to research better. It can be 4 feet tall. It hangs in the light of the T-5's. Some of the leaves have turned reddish on the tips which I assume means max light has been received for it.

    I have one in s/h since March. I grew a new pb (now has 3 mature pb's and 1 back bulb) which is in spike and one of the 2 older mature pbs bloomed earlier this summer for me and looks to be getting ready to have a new bud on the spike. It too seems to be doing well. Sits currently on the kitchen window sill getting morning sun (east facing).

    My encyclia radiata, received a few months ago with just emerging spikes, in sphag, would not dry out. So I panicked and repotted it into my bark mix, in a clear plastic pot. Since then, the spikes survived and matured, the 5 new growths it has going have all sprouted new roots and have sunk them down into the new media. It is in bloom now (it took nearly 3 months for them to mature and open) and I will be posting it soon. It is in the living room by one of the windows getting late afternoon sun (west facing).

    And the last one (actually I have 2 of them due to shipping issues) is encyclia alata. Both came in bloom in plastic pots and sphag. I repotted the one that had the bad shipping experience into my bark mix. It still looks quite stressed from its ordeal but hopefully will survive. I may have potted it at a bad time but since it was being replaced by the vendor, I decided to experiment with it. It is under a 2 tube T8 2 foot fixture. The other is still in the plastic pot, in the sphag. It has finished flowering and I had removed the expired spike. It sits at the edge of the 4'x4' grow area under the T-5's. It hasn't been out of bloom long enough for it to have made its next move yet.
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    the ones that do best for me are mounted

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    What kind of Encyclias do you have? True Encyclias like tampense, alata, cordigera? Or plants that would better be called Prosthechea or Anacheilium, like cochleata, radiata? Or something else that has been lumped into Encyclia at some point. Recommendations for potting and other aspects of culture could be quite different.

    In general though, for most tropical orchids, if the roots aren't in active growth (or about to be) it might be better to wait to repot until they are, unless the media is broken down and causing roots to rot.

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    The Encyclia in question is alata. It is in orchiata bark in a basket. It has grown a stem I guess thats whats what you call it) but the roots do not appear to be growing. It gets dappled morning light and late afternoon sun. I thought the roots would do better in a plastic pot with many holes for aeration. The weather is cooler now maybe it will feel better. I guess I'l wait.

    ---------- Post Merged at 07:53 PM ----------

    When temps get in the 50"s Ill have to decide weather to relocate into a new small greenhouse I purchased or indoors under t5 lights. Another question I have for those that are graciously responding to. Thanks so much.

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