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Repotting story, and question about phrag seedlings

This is a discussion on Repotting story, and question about phrag seedlings within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; First the story. I'm repotting my Onc NOID (either Gower Ramsey or Sweet Sugar) and ...

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    Default Repotting story, and question about phrag seedlings

    First the story. I'm repotting my Onc NOID (either Gower Ramsey or Sweet Sugar) and the thing divided itself in my hands! Kind of annoyed me, only because I wanted to see it grow to a specimen. It's such a beautiful plant, my first purchase, and does flower quite nicely 2-3 times a year. Oh well, at least it left me with 5PBs on one plant and 4 on the other, so I think it's ok. And now I have something to trade, so long as it re-establishes ok, but it should do ok as the roots were great.

    My question is that while repotting my phrag seedlings I got from the Orchid Fairy (a long story, for those of you unfamiliar), I noticed that one grew nice new roots over the past 6 months, but the other two did nothing and even had lots of roots gone bad (the plants had stalled as well).

    One of the plants that stalled is a Schlimii, the other a NOID. And the one that did well is a NOID too. Not sure what advice to ask for here, as we don't even know what the seedlings are, other than phrags, but I'm wondering if it's possible I'm keeping them TOO wet? I keep all my phrags moist all the time, water them every day if possible. I had to repot the 'two seedlings that stalled' into smaller pots anyway since they lost a good portion of what roots they had, though they still have some (though all black, but not mushy).

    Any advice from the phrag gurus here as to how to treat these seedlings better? Again, the one being a NOID makes it tough, but wondering if it and the schlimii need to dry out more between waterings or what? I'm afraid of them drying out TOO much.

    By the way, a fourth orchid fairy phrag seedling I potted up in s/h has been doing great. Wondering if I should try that with these others... Ideas?

    Thanks all, JOHN

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    I guess my first question, and let it be said, I know nothing of that vendor, is, why did you buy noids? That just complicates things.

    Sounds like they are too wet. I mean, if the roots are rotting...Have you seen any blooms you could hope to identify? That would certainly help. There are certain phrags that do not like it too wet.

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    Actually, Heather, the Orchid Fairy is Mike/Persistence, from another forum, who I think visits here from time to time as well. He saved about 2000+ orchids last fall that were going to be literally bulldozed and sent them out to like 150 of us across the country for free! A really incredible story. So these noids are from him, and they're noids because he literally had to grab flats of plants from in front of the bulldozer! So, that's the problem.

    The plants themselves are QUITE small, no way they'll flower for a good year or two I'd think, at least. And yes, I'm guessing these guys just like it drier.

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    OH!!, well, that explains that...

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    He saved about 2000+ orchids last fall that were going to be literally bulldozed and sent them out to like 150 of us across the country for free! A really incredible story.
    I was lurking on the said forum @ the time & i was absolutely amazed

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    most phrags love water, but watering every day is usually not indicated, unless you have them in a clay pot with a coarse mix or something. a typical phrag potted in a typical plastic pot in a typical mix should not require daily watering. i think 3-6 days is more customary. phrags can and will rot their roots from excess water.

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    Aha, then perhaps that's the problem. Thanks Jason.

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