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Oncidium Sherry Baby orchid mix

This is a discussion on Oncidium Sherry Baby orchid mix within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Getting ready to repot this plant. I have read about the best process of repotting. ...

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    Getting ready to repot this plant. I have read about the best process of repotting. I am wondering, however, about what is the best orchid mix to use. I have medium and small orchiata. Do I need to use something else? The plant currently is growing inside facing the south side window. I also read you can grow outside so I am thinking of moving it to a covered patio where the temp can get in the upper 90's with high humidity. Again, would either the small or medium orchiata be sufficient?

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    Medium sized is preferred. Pre-soak before use

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    Yep, agreed, medium should be great.

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    Monica, I have a huge Sharry Baby (18 spikes this year) and a medium one (8 spikes) in pots, plus many small plants wired to my palms here on the Gulf Coast. With your humidity in NO, you should easily be able to grow outside. Summers here are 90 and rain every afternoon--not that different fro NO (except for your colder and rainier winters). Mine spike in late summer through early autumn, generally finishing about now...although having said that, the 18th spike just came last week on the big one. I've left both plants for 4 years in their pots--they love to be very crowded!

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    DO NOT soak Orchiata bark!!! Doing so will accelerate the extraction of the dolomite it is treated with as it is aged.

    The best thing to do to prewet it is to pour just enough boiling water on it to wet it, wait 30 minutes, and repeat. Once it's cool, it will be structurally "opened up" to make it hold moisture better.

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    When repotting it was difficult to pot so that all the pseudobulbs were in the mix and the plant felt like the pbs were separating from each other. Not remembering how the plant appears to love to be crowded, I ended up separating it int 4 different pots. One has about 8 pbs, one has 6 and the other two pots only has one pb each. I am worried that I may have messed up. Should I have added the 2 single pbs to the larger batches or just leave them alone?

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    I wouldn't worry about it. The smaller plants will be slower to grow and mature, but Sharry Baby is very resilient and you should have at least 2 - 3 good plants anyway.

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