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Dendrobium Formeri Future transplanting question

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    Default Dendrobium Formeri Future transplanting question

    Hello, I purchased this Den at the Ottawa orchid show this past year, transplanted it the moment the blooms without seperating it at all. It has 2 new growths but at complete opposit ends of the plant. Am I correct in thinking I should only repot again 2 years after the last repotting and when I do would I be safe to seperate it in 2? It's currently in about an 8" terracota pot in only bark with packing foam pieces filling about a 3rd of the bottom of the pot to allow better drainage.
    Also, since this is my first Den, does this look healthy?
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    I would advise against dividing this dendrobium orchid. It needs to grow and develop many more growths. The thing to remember about dendrobiums is that they like to be tightly potted in free draining mix. They grow best this way. Dividing when it is so small will only stunt the growth and possibly keep it from blooming anytime soon. Of course, someone else may have a different opinion, but from the photos you include, that is my best recommendation.

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    I agree with Bruce. Dens love to be root bound. Your plant looks really healthy.

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    agreed...one thing i can notice is the top leaf growing a little ruffled....seeing that it drains well, when in new leaf growth phase, make sure it gets enough water. This will allow the leaf to grow robust and not deformed. Its a tricky situation. When i see a new leaf Im ready with an appropriate watering schedule. Hopefully you have good roots at that time to absorb such water. ....oh and to talk about root bound. I have a 4 cane dendrobium about a foot long each maybe more in a 3 inch pot..lol..it loves it!...enjoy!

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    Hi! Thank you for the replies! Just to clarify, this plant has about 14 live canes with around the same amount cut down. I'll take a picture of the full plant-pot tomorrow and post.
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    lol..well that makes a very big difference ...lmao.....chop away then..hehe just playing :P

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    There we go, here is the full plant. Like I said, I repotted it in April but I want to see if it would be beneficial to seperate it in 2.

    Thanks again for the input!

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    I think it would be best if you wait until next spring to divide it. Then, cut right in the middle where the cut down canes are. Cut off the cut down canes, stake it so it is secure and doesn't wobble, and repot it into two small pots. Water it when it gets completely dry.

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    Perfect! I'm hoping to get a flower spike so i'll wait. I didn't stake it when I repotted it and it wobbles every time I water it. I'll definitely be doing that next time.
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