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Blooms dropping on my oncidium

This is a discussion on Blooms dropping on my oncidium within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; From the pictures I can't see how crowded the plant is in its current pot. ...

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    From the pictures I can't see how crowded the plant is in its current pot. Is the bark mix breaking down? Is the plant growing outside of the pot? You'll notice quickly after you cut the spike the plant will start growing new pseudobulbs that will put out next season's flowers. That's the best time to repot, so the new roots can grow into the new mix.
    In terms of dividing, you have plenty of plant to divide. What would you rather have, one big orchid or many little ones? The onc. I have that's similar to yours is really big and put out multiple flower spikes last summer. It was pretty amazing! If you divide you won't get that.

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    Jason's right, but im impatient myself, so i always divide and get more little ones hehe, but i have seen big specimen plants, one in particular, Miltonia "snowflake", that put up 34 spikes a few months ago, and each inflorescence held two flowers. An absolute stunner. I have pledged to some of my chids back for "specimency" next time i repot and divide......

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    I really appreciate the answer and I think I will keep this one "United" as I subscribe to the "bigger is better" concept, although I am also of the school that believes that "if one is good, more is better." I guess that is why I just picked up my 21st orchid and I've only been at this less than a month.

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