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what can I do with this mini catt.

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    I bought this mini catt and have had it about 2 weeks and I decided it was time to repot as it came in moss and I prefer bark. I popped it out of its pot and started gently pulling away the moss then I hit a problem it is just a tangle of roots and all the roots are stuck to each other, I soaked it for a couple of hours ( hence it being so wet in the photos) but still it will not come apart the roots are just a solid tangle. My husband suggested dividing the plant in half so we could get to the middle then repot as two seperate plants but I am worried this will damage it beyond repair as I have no idea what roots come from where. I dont have any tweezers and it is absolutely solid. Any and all suggestions welcome.
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    some of those roots in the middle look like goners and i bet you'll find a few more. even clipping one will open up the root ball for you and try running water over it this too will help you start pull out the moss. jmho.

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    Carrie, I agree with your husband just cut into two plants and don't worried about the root system they will recover and give another new roots and begin to attach to the new media. Impossible for us to isolate the individual roots. Just closed one eye and cut at the center and slowly pull it gently or cut the roots.
    Another alternative remove entire moss than get a bigger pot put it at the center cover with barks. Choose either one. Good luck.

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    I think the easiest thing to do is going to be split it as I tried running it under water and the centre is just a solid lump i cant get at so If I split it I can the get my fingers in to remove the moss and I will have two plants for the price of one! I was just worried about the roots but if they are likely to recover I think I will give it a go. Thank you cherublace and zainal for your quick responses, your all such a great help, I love this board!

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    It will take a while to recover if you divide it, so make sure that each piece will have at least 5 pbulbs if you decide to do that. Personally, if you want flowers sooner, I would just let it be. Do your best to remove tha sphag from the center, try using tweasers and then repot into very coarse bark with no sphag or fine particles in it. The less you mess with minicatts, the better off they will be, they will soend more time blooming for you than trying to recover from repotting or dividing. I have about 30 minicatts,and this is what has worked best for me.
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    OK change of plan then as it only has 9 pseudobulbs, looks like I am gonna have to buy some long end tweezers as I dont have any, well we did but we have lost them !

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    In the long run, I think you will fare the best by just leaving it alone Besides, we want to see the blooms sooner!!

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    What I do in that case is wait for the moss to dry--it is much easy to remove dry than wet. You can shake most of it off when it is dry.

    I tend not to divide catts until they outgrow an 8" pot.

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    i agree with Clint... sphag moss expands when wet, so better off drying it out a bit... and a bigger clump with multiple growth points tend to give you a better floral display.

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    Smart Smart Smart!! to the above.

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