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What a mess!

This is a discussion on What a mess! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was just given this B. nodosa by an elderly neighbor when he found out ...

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    I was just given this B. nodosa by an elderly neighbor when he found out I have orchids. It has not been cared for since his wife died. This plant has been outdoors for about 7 years and never watered or fertilized, only what nature provides in Florida. As you can see, the basket is completely rotted and I think the only thing holding it all together is the roots!

    My question is; how would you divide this thing? Should I machete my way through and make 3-5 bark mounted divisions? Or maybe pull the old wood away and try and wrap the plant around a tree fern ball I saw at a nursery?

    The basket is 12 X 12, so the orchid is a pretty good size.
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    Michael...nice score!!! It looks like a nice short clone...wonderful!! I have a small collection of nodosa clones. ...this species prefers neglect & bright light. I would remove the basket and attach to a tree or put in a new basket and hang it bright...hit it with a hose once and awhile. You have to remember in the wild no one is out there fertilizing.

    oh before you tie can I have a clipping???

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    I would just pull it out and clean it up, then put it in a bigger basket . If you really want to downsize the plant, I would just divide it in half.

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    So, I might be able to turn the poor old thing into a nice specimen? Sweeeet!

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    Yes! and you can send some dead ones to Ron.J/K

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    Oh no, Michael, that baby is hopeless. Please sent it to me for recycling. If you really can't let go of it I agree with Ron. Cut it up and put it on a tree. That will be one division for good advice please.

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    That would be a beautiful mess to me!

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    WOW - that is really a great gift! I would try to keep it as one plant. Just think what a little care will do for it if it looks that good with no care!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    Yes! and you can send some dead ones to Ron.J/K
    best advice ever! what a laugh!

    now, dont send it to me, its the other ron.lol

    as for your plant, it was all said above, you choice now.
    its a fantastic looking plant and good example how well orchids can do without beeing pampered.

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    nice score... i would just removed it from its basket and place in a nice mount. I would
    not divide it as it is a cool looking specimen plant. But if you do decide to divide it send
    some my way hehehe.

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