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Splitting hairs and orchids

This is a discussion on Splitting hairs and orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am curius about spliting some of my plants, but leaving them in the same ...

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    I am curius about spliting some of my plants, but leaving them in the same pot or mount. The thinking is that I will get multiple blooms and more growth. Does anyone have an opinion on this.
    For example I had an old catt. and I needed to save space so I split the rhiozome and now it has 4-5 new growths 2 and 2 or 2 and 3 on the splits.
    Or is it better to leave them alone and let them go to get huge plants?

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    Just as the new roots are starting is the best time to repot them .As they are already showing new growths that is not going to be far away.If you are going to put them on mounts then now is probabily better as the new roots will not get broken.

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    I think you miss understood the point is not to repot but to increase the growth on one particular mount.
    Having many blooms at one time because the plant is not 1 but 2 or 3 plants on the same mount

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    it doesn't really make much difference to the plant but it would look better,especially if it is repotted so that all parts are growing towards the center where they will pass each other.

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    I see what you mean. It will provide a better display. Thanks

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    "back-cutting" is commonly used to get nodes on old growths going... so yes, it will stimulate more growth.... however, if you start hacking away and leave small divisions then the plant also becomes weaker for it and less likely to flower on those new growths...

    a semi-cut, ie not fully cutting the plant off sometimes will do the same thing but still allow the plant to have that attachment to 'swap' food around.

    of course, if you show your plants, I am not sure if you are allowed to do this especially if you want it judged as a specimen plant.

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72
    "back-cutting" is commonly used to get nodes on old growths going... so yes, it will stimulate more growth.... however, if you start hacking away and leave small divisions then the plant also becomes weaker for it and less likely to flower on those new growths...

    a semi-cut, ie not fully cutting the plant off sometimes will do the same thing but still allow the plant to have that attachment to 'swap' food around.

    of course, if you show your plants, I am not sure if you are allowed to do this especially if you want it judged as a specimen plant.

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    This is what I am getting at. Ok so I can back cut a little bit. I may try that. And yes I do understand that you want to have some good growth on the cuttings thanks a million. I dont think I will show these guys, they are my little buds

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