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Speaking of bareroots

This is a discussion on Speaking of bareroots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Normally when I see someone say "I'll send it bareroot" it means not in a ...

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    Default Speaking of bareroots

    Normally when I see someone say "I'll send it bareroot" it means not in a pot, no medium, just the plant and its roots. right? I read somewhere someone say (about an unnamed seller) "When they said bareroot, I didn't know it meant NO ROOTS!" Please tell me that should not be the case. I've been wondering.

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    Traci- no, that should *not* be the case! Bare root is w/out pot or medium. I used to be afraid of it but now I prefer it since I can pot up in my own medium and pot. I also prefer to ship bare root.

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    I'm with Heather. Used to be scared to death of bareroot and now I would prefer it. See what you are getting right up front and choose your own, new medium.

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    I think for me the issue was actually having anything to pot it in, pots and medium, and my overall fear of repotting. Now that repotting doesn't scare me, and is actually kind of fun, bare root doesn't bother me.

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    Right, bareroot means roots with no potting medium. Hmmm...bareroot="bare root", not "no roots".

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    Bare root should mean with roots. then again let's consider who or where you are getting the plant. if it is a local vendor (US) it should have been in a pot with roots and pulled out, medium cleaned off and shipped.

    With so many people importing or buying imported plants from shows, bare root could mean not roots for plants such as Cattleya and a few other species. Plants lose roots quickly during shipping from other countries and it depends on the plant for how easy it would be to grow them back. Catts and most orchids with pseudobulbs have a good chance but Phals, paphs and such are pretty much goners without roots.

    So, I guess it would depend on the seller and where they got the plants and how long they have grown them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOHNnDC
    Now that repotting doesn't scare me, and is actually kind of fun, bare root doesn't bother me.
    Hey, John - good to KNOW ! I've got some repotting for you. What's your address??

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