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Bulbo re-potting help

This is a discussion on Bulbo re-potting help within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello! recently I re-potted mounted bulbos, because I can't provide enough water to them. As ...

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    Hello!

    recently I re-potted mounted bulbos, because I can't provide enough water to them. As potting medium I used pine bark with drainage layer at the bottom of the pot. My questions:

    1. Should I add some perlite or moss or is pine bark ok?
    2. If so, can I re-potted it again without damaging plants?
    3. I use transparent plastic pots, about 10cm height. Today I got the advice, that pot should be as shallow as possible and they should be in ceramic pots.

    Sorry for the questions, I got these plants from my friend who cannot take care for them and I am new to bulbos. Thanks for any advice.

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    Bulbos are really cool Check out the RVO Care Page on Repotting a Bulbophyllum: Repotting a Bublophyllum Orchid in Bark

    Yes, add some perlite to the mix and I would add something to retain moisture. Chopped up sphag is alright as long as you do not keep it too wet. I give our mix ingredients on the link above and in the video. Bulbos like to stay damp, but not wet and should be grown in a well draining mix. If your bulbo is not in bud or spike - repotting again should be ok.

    About the ceramic: I would grow in a basket or mount. Ceramic is alright as long as it is not glazed. Orchids need air exchange around their roots and the glazed ceramic will not allow that to happen.

    Here is a video too:


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    Thank you. But what about this two points:

    2. If so, can I re-potted it again without damaging plants?
    3. Pot height? Would be these 10cm a problem?

    Thank you again

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    Yes, as I said in the first post: If your Bulbo is not in bud or spike - repotting again should be ok. Your plant will not have had time to establish itself, so it shouldn't make much of a difference this quickly.

    Pot height is up to you and your watering schedule. Do not plant the p-bulbs below the level of your orchid mix. Cover the roots and make sure the p-bulbs touch the surface of the mix. You may need to use rhizome clips to attach the plant to the mix since bulbos like to step up as they grow. The depth of the pot will be determined by your watering schedule. Do not plant in a deep pot if you water alot.

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    Thanks, BD! Well, I run into the plant store, vivarium store etc... end no sphag So, any help with this? Will it do only with perlite + pine bark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krkovec View Post
    Thanks, BD! Well, I run into the plant store, vivarium store etc... end no sphag So, any help with this? Will it do only with perlite + pine bark?
    You need something to hold moisture. I use coconut husks.

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    My last post was lost My question was, if it's possible to replace sphag with pieces of foam ruber, sponge or material for flower arrangement (Oasis - Floral Foam Brick). Thanks. I know it's complicated with me Sorry...

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