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Another Psychopsis case for Diane.

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    Talking Another Psychopsis case for Diane.

    Hi, I'm kinda new to the forum and I also heard about the "Psychopsis Queen" Diane, so I'm looking forward to find some good advices here...hihihiih.
    I've just had a hybrid Psychopsis from ______________ for $17; it has three older bulbs and another new lead forming now. It has flowered once, and I cut the spike to save their energy for the new lead (I know that I'm not supposed to, but I hate to see the plant struggles itself....hix). The bulb looks really funny, it's slightly wrinkles but not bad, is it a normal sign?
    Well anyway, I'm planning on repotting the plant, I think the mix is ok until Spring should I wait until Spring or should I do it now? Is it abnormal for the plant to have new lead during autumn when it supposed to rest? (I'm new at this genius)
    I had a plan for the medium and hope you could give me some advice on that too. I want to use 30% Styrofoam peanuts, 40% sphagnum moss, 30%charcoal, and a 6" plastic pot. so I'll just go ahead and put 20% peanuts on the bottom of the pot, and then I'll mix the rest of the peanuts (after tearing them into small pieces), sphagnum and charcoal together into the 6" pot. I hope that this mix will make it easier for me to repot the plant without damage the root in the future. I'm home growing so the humidity is not so high. I'm using Dyna-Gro 7-8-6
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    Any advice welcome!!!!!!!!!
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    Hi There! I have a couple of Psy. Mendenhalls, but you're right--let's wait for someone who is more experienced to chime in.

    What I wanted to say is $17 at big box!!!??? What a good deal! Mine sure cost more. So much for the big boxes only selling phals--where do you live?

    Sounds like you've been doing your homework on psycopsis culture too--good for you!

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    Great, another psychopsis convert! I find that growing indoors, my psychopsis tend to grow and bloom year round. For example, I have 3 in bloom right now, with 2 of those also putting out new growths. I have two more that have new growths and are not blooming (they are seedlings still) and I have two in early spike with one showing a new growth. These guys seem to be a glutton for punishment.

    As for the wrinkled p-bulb, slight wrinkling on older bulbs is common, but not severe wrinkling. Severe wrinkling would be a sign of lack of water in the past. There really isn't much you can don for it, just make sure the rest of the growths aren't starting to wrinkle. If they are - check the roots! I repot when I get a new plant to check it out. Then I repot when they are over grown or the media breaks down. I try to do it when the plant is not in bloom, but if it really shows signs of needing the repot I will do it while blooming. Spring is usually when you see new roots, and that is the best time to repot.

    I use a media of mixed medium bark, perlite, charcol and small aliflor. This drains quickly but has the weight you need to keep the plant upright when it has 1 or 2 3foot spikes in bloom. But it is really a personal choice based on what you are comfortable with and how your environment is. I water these guys once every 5 to 7 days in summer, and every 4 - 5 days in winter when the furnace is on and the air is dry.

    I've never seen a psychopsis at a box store, but then the one in my area sucks big time. It usually has about a dozen very sad looking phals and a few dends..
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    hihiih, thanks for your suggestion, I'm living in Dallas TX.
    By the way, according to Diane, I should repot them when the new lead starts to shed their new roots? How many root can you expect from Psychopsis? abundant like Onc. or just a couple?
    hihihiih, I'm very curious, this is the plant I wanted for a long time ago. It used to be $35 when the spike is in flower but the place doesn't know so as soon as the there's no flower, they put the plant on half-price, hohooh!!! <-----evil laugh.

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    Not as many roots as regular oncidiums, and the roots of a psychopsis are very fragile...even for an orchid.

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    Did you do regular repotting once a year?`if so, how could you repot these plant without hurting them......I'm crazy for this baby ^^

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    any one mount psycopsis??

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    I have not seen a mounted psychopsis. That doesn't mean it couldn't be done. Might have a little trouble keeping it moist enough.

    I repot mine when they need it - so not necessarily once a year. The ones in the old style chunck bark mix that I had will be repotted within a year because that medium breaks down quickly. But my new 'recipe' lasts longer. Usually I let the plant guide me.

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    sound interesting, how long does it take to grow psychopsis into a specimen size?

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    Mine is in a wood slat basket in Spag. awhile back I picked out the old Spag. and added new , it has also bloomed all year in the greenhouse , the basket may not be a good choice for growing in the house tho .. Gin

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