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EpiCattleya Medium

This is a discussion on EpiCattleya Medium within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am re-potting this little guy that I bought from the Orchid Show today. The ...

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    Default EpiCattleya Medium

    I am re-potting this little guy that I bought from the Orchid Show today. The vendor told me it is an EpiCattleya maybe fellow members can ID, he told me to use fine bark but when I look at the roots (which are in bad shape) medium bark make more sense to me. I appreciate any advice.
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    The flowers may resemble epicattleyas but the foliage and overall plant seems to lean more towards the brassavola/brassocattleya/brassolaelia side.

    I would use medium or large bark for that kind of plant.

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    Thanks John, I did use medium bark.

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    Great. Did it have trouble standing on its own with such small roots? If so, you can make a 'wire' root and put around the base of the plant and repot. I have had to do that with some orchids that had lots up top, but were lacking in the root department. It keeps them from falling out of the medium when you water or move them around.

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    I mostly use pot clips to hold plants in place until they are rooted in or sometimes I run a thin wire around the plant and through a bottom hole. It is important for good root developement that a plant be stabalized in the pot.

    I would suspect that one of the parents might be Epidendrum stamfordianum

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    That plant looks like it could use some more air circulation around the roots. Have you ever tried hydroton? I've never had Epi's or encyclias, but I betcha they would like that medium...lots of air and humidity around the roots

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    I actually didn't have to put anything to support it, and it's actually stable and not wobbly.

    I want to try S/H but the stores I go to don't carry hydroton or S/H materials.
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    I was so desperate to try this S/H thingy but at the same time just can't convince myself to buy Hydroton online and pay a fortune for S/H (shipping and handling) of rocks. Well, as I was searching online found out that there is a Hydrophonic store that carries Hydroton 2 miles from my job and about 6 miles from my place. and if it was not late at night last night I will be driving up there that same moment. And today I just couldn't wait to take my lunch to check the place out.

    To make the story short, I got the stuff and started experimenting using one Pot. that I got from the orchid show. I did wash the the medium first until the water was clear, I then soaked in boiling water, a process I read on previous postings regarding S/H. Yes, I spent hours reading those postings. This is how determine I am when it comes to my passion....he he, I just want the best for my chids) But I got confused about how often I should flush or change the water. Should I flush once a week or.....? Should I fertlize the same way as my other chids, weakly weekly or anything else that I need to do diferrently?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Oh, here's the finish product. My first S/H.
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    Hey Marissa, Nice job! I would either soak or flush once a week for the first month and a half. The roots will be converting themselves from a dry medium to this new moist environment and some will rot off. The rinsing helps flush decaying organic matter out of the pot. You can flush under running water, or set the whole jar in a container of water slightly taller than it is and let stuff float out the top. Kinda wriggle the jar around in the water a little to give things a chance to work out and up. I had been using a liquid african Violet fertilizer last winter (two or three drops of this 7-7-7 fert in the bottom drain hole after I flushed the plant), but on bringing the pots in from their outdoor summer vacation back to flourescent lights, I went with 1/4 teaspoon of a three month time release fertilizer pellot in each pot as an expirement. Time will tell if this was a good move or not. Have fun expirementing with your hydroton pellots!

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