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Please take a look - need repotting or not yet?

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    Question Please take a look - need repotting or not yet?

    Well..., when you start working on orchids - it's pretty contageous... ;-) I was going to re-pot just three-four Phals and Oncidiums that obviously need it, but now I feel like got "re-potting bug" :-)
    I have 4 Cattleyas which I'm not sure about - they all are in clay, some of them haven't filled whole pot yet but started to "step out" of it, other ones are "hugging" the pot with their roots - how to remove and repot them without breaking the roots off completely? I don't see how is that possible...
    So, please, take a look at the pictures and tell me what you all think I should do about each one of them.

    It is so great to have you all experienced folks here! :-)
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    I only repot Cattleya when they have active growing roots under 2" long. You can get into trouble if you plant them while dormant or with longer roots that are actively growing. You might even consider planting them, pot and all, in a larger pot with additional clay.

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    They look fine to me. If you want to repot, then go for it, but these orchids don't need to be repotted at this point. Soon, but not urgent for their health. They actually look quite healthy.

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    Thank you, Bruce. What do you mean by "soon" - in a month or next spring?
    And I have no clue how can I safely remove these who "hugging" their pots with their roots? I afraid I will break most of the roots and kill them - can't bring myself even to try...

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    Not urgent. When you are ready to repot, soak in a bucket of water for 15 minutes and take a steak knife and cut around the inside edge of the clay pot (if the orchid will not come out). OR you can simply wrap the pot in a towel and take a hammer to it. Smash it to pieces and then gently pick away the large pieces. The small ones that are still attached to the roots will be fine.

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