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Zygopetalum repotting query

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    Default Zygopetalum repotting query

    Another day another query...

    I have a zygopetalum, which looks like it is trying to push it's way out of the pot at the top. I have checked it's roots which are healthy but it is incredibly root bound. The bottom inch or so looks like it is pure root, no medium!

    I obviously need to repot it but my question is how much bigger in pot size should I go? I know I need to allow for growing room for the plant and it's roots, but how much growing room is enough? Should I just choose a pot which gives it a couple more inches depth and width, or am I barking up the wrong tree?

    Just when you think that you have got one type of orchid sorted in your head, another one comes along jumps in your shopping basket and then flummoxes you with it's needs!

    Thanks in advance from the flummoxed one!

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    You just want to make sure you do not over-pot the zygo. Give it a bit of room to grow, but make sure that it will still dry out on your care schedule.

    Cheers,
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    I don't have any answers, I just chimed in to say, "Ditto"! I would like to know why people put Anything resembling an orchid in Sphagnum Moss???? It rots the roots and then I have to nurse the poor babies back to health!
    Ahem....um, not really complaining....I love to rescue them. lol
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    Default Hey Kerry!

    I have two of these plants and they are thirsty little monsters!

    They do VERY well in semi-hydroponic culture or spag moss. They don't like to dry out AT ALL. If you see the p-bulbs start to shrivel, water. The two plants I have are really hardy--they can take the heat and temps almost down to freezing (a lot of California growers I know put these with their Cymbidiums).

    Even those these plants have p-bulbs, they come from VERY wet regions. However, if temps are cooler in the winter, do adjust your watering.

    For me, they are really easy growers and bloomers, but the foliage looks even rattier than most Oncidiums. It tends to spot and yellow quickly. Old p-bulbs lose their leaves leaving the center section of the pot empty looking. However, the smell more than makes up for the ugly appearance.

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    ..and Connie, I successfully grow many genera in spag moss (phals, paphs, zygos, dends)...


    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I don't have any answers, I just chimed in to say, "Ditto"! I would like to know why people put Anything resembling an orchid in Sphagnum Moss???? It rots the roots and then I have to nurse the poor babies back to health!
    Ahem....um, not really complaining....I love to rescue them. lol
    Connie

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