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finally seeing some activity!!

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    nabakov5 is offline Cecilia, You're Breakin' my Heart.....
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    Default finally seeing some activity!!

    It's been a while since I have posted on the progress on some of my favorite orchids. My collection has grown to about thirty orchids, five different species. I'm starting to understand which orchids like me and which orchids squeel in horror when brought home. I seem to have phals down the best (no surprise). Next, surprisingly enough, are my Brassia (i have three) which have thrived in my little apartment. Though I haven't earned any new spikes on my Brassias, I have seen some really impressive root growth and more leads then I can count. So here's hoping that one day they will realize that blooming is part of the cycle too. I'm doing ok with my oncidium (tiger claw i believe) though sadly, in a moment of complete ignorance, I plucked off my first earned spike thinking it was a bit of potting medium stuck between leaves . So here are a few pics of the activity in the bunker. Hope you enjoy!

    The first is a noid phal. It is white with pink speckles all over the petals. This baby bloomed continuously for a fill year last time! I was actually surprised to see it send out a spike so soon. It stopped blooming only about four months ago. The second is my favorite orchid. No frills. Just a noid white phal with pretty big blooms (maybe four inches across). This one also bloomed continuously for about nine months before taking a break. These are my first earned spikes on these two plants. The white phal is by far my healthiest plant. I find myself looking at the roots more than anything else. I repotted her into a basket right after I bought her, and ever since her roots have just gone nutty, poking around corners and through open spaces. And they are always so green and plump! She makes me feel like a real orchid grower! Can you spot the tiny spike in pic 3? The fourth pic is my brassia rex 'tohoma' who I purchased about a year ago for a pretty penny. If I can earn a spike on this plant I will be ecstatic. The blooms are about a foot long from bow to stern. in a word...they're ENORMOUS! But no spike to far. However, in the last six weeks this girl has put out five massive leads. They might be hard to distinguish in this picture. I'll post more pics of her in a reply. Every pseudobulb that was there when I bought the plant now has a lead that is just as big, if not bigger than the mother bulb. I hope this is a good indication. Surely it is. Also, thanks to brutal dreamer for instructing me on repotting this monster. She loves her basket. Ok, more to come.
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    Here are a few more angles on that Brassia. Can you see the new leads? Can anyone give me advice on how to keep this girl going so that she will spike soon? I feed her about once a month, and I water her when the top of the moss is dry, usually by dunking her in the sink and soaking for a while. Any special steps I can take to get a bloom from this babe? Also, the last two pics are of my Brassia rex 'sakata'. I deperately need to repot this plant, but i've never repotted such a big girl. Any suggestions on how to repot a plant that is so massively root bound? I've already decided that she needs a basket that's at least 14 inches in diameter. How do I approach trimming her down? and how do i get any medium between her roots. She is pretty much one big ball of root-bound madness inside the pot. I'm terrified of hurting her. Any suggestions?
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    hmmmm. the pic of the brassia's roots didn't post. here it is.
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    EEk that last plant is huge! It's definitely a happy plant. You can try dividing it if it is unmanagable. Or try a bigger pot, however you will need styrofoam peanuts or an inverted pot inside of the large pot so that it can dry in time for your next watering. Or put it into a hanging basket.

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    Hi Kitty,

    Sounds like your doing well with your orchids! Brassias typically bloom in June, give or take a month, so just keep 'em happy and make sure they're getting enough light. I've read that a cooler winter helps set nice spikes the following summer. That's not a problem for me in MA!

    The gigantic Brassia could easily be split, but you're not kidding - it'll involve some wrestling on your part! Keep us posted!

    Julie

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    Good job on keeping the basket phal in an apartment. You could always throw the overgrown brassia into a larger pot, pot and all...

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    wouldn't I need to get it out of that plastic pot?

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    You dont need too. It might help as far as decaying media concerns are...

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    Wow Kitty, your orchids are AMAZING! Not to mention that that one is gargantuan!!! How many plants do you have? Do you use a humidifier? Not that you'd need one...having that many plants probably acts like a natural humidifier!!

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    That is a great collection, and a huge Brassia. I wish you luck repotting it.

    I don't suppose there's a nice nursery near you that offers a repotting service is there?

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