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Big Mama Brassia Rex

This is a discussion on Big Mama Brassia Rex within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The easiest way to get it out of the pot if it is root bound, ...

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    The easiest way to get it out of the pot if it is root bound, is to cut the plastic pot away. If you pull too much, you could break roots, etc... I would give the plastic pot a crunch along the edge of a table and see if the plant will just come out of the pot. If not, then cut away the plastic.

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    thanks for the advice guys! i'm posting a picture of the roots so you can get an idea of what i'm talking about. there's a BUNCH of them. will these guys survive a repot? i've heard some discussion about ariel roots and whether they should go into the potting medium or be left alone. I can't see how I could repot this guy without submerging her ariel roots. i was thinking of maybe using a really big slatted basket to repot, as I did that with my other brassia and she seems to be aclimating to the new environment. she's sending out roots through the slats, which makes me happy. ok, i'll stop rambling.

    wait, one more question...some of my other brassia's ariel roots have developed black (dark) spots. Any idea what might be the cause of that. The only ones that have done this are older roots that survived the repotting. is she just getting back at me for repotting her? or do you think there's a larger problem? I'll post a pic of what I'm talking about. It should be the fourth picture down.

    And...(she never shuts up).....while I was taking pictures of the roots on my new girl, I stumbled upon a new spike. it was trying to be sneeky and evade me. that's what the third picture is. once again, I LOVE this forum. you guys rock!!
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    I'd say plunk her, arial roots and all into a nice big slatted basket. Looks like your other 'chid is very happy in it's basket!

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    I bet that she would be beautiful in a basket! I give the idea a thumb up!

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    Brassias make great mounted plants, and a basket is an excellent compromise for indoor growing. Just don't over-pot it, which can be easy to do when you need large pot sizes. Finding the right fit is important. Brassias aren't crazy about being repotted, so only do it when you must. But in your case it is time!

    Give it lots of light and don't let it dry out too much between waterings. Fertlize regularly and you should have an even bigger monster plant in no time!

    McJulie

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