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What to do about cymbidium questions....

This is a discussion on What to do about cymbidium questions.... within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Go to a local Dollar Store, take a tape measure with you. Look for plastic ...

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    Go to a local Dollar Store, take a tape measure with you. Look for plastic wastebaskets, or storage bins at least 8 to 10 inches tall, and 9 or 10 inches across the top. You can add drainage holes around the bottom and the trash baskets are sturdy plastic so will last the 3 to 5 years your cym will live in them. Watch some of the repotting videos on the forum to give you a general idea of how to do the deed, get your materials rounded up (and soaked)before you begin and relax! You will make it through this just fine, and so will your beautiful cymbidium.

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    Great idea, Cindi! I have a Cym that has outgrown its HUGE container, and I was wondering what to do with it next. I guess I know now!

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    Yup! Plastic garbage containers come in many sizes so I can "grow" my pots along with my plants. I have even started little trees in them.

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    Great idea Cindi!

    Cheers,
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    Default A Special Orchid Greenhouse Visit!

    Thanks folks! Y'all are a never-ending source of ideas and inspiration for me. I had the privilege of touring the gardens and orchid greenhouse of Dr. David Glass, a retired biochemistry professor at Emory Medical School, yesterday afternoon. Dr. Glass, is undergoing treatment somewhat like mine at Emory, but has undertaken to help mentor new members/novice growers of the Atlanta Orchid Society, and was extremely gracious, patient and kind. He grows his cymbs mostly outside in a shaded area, and has some smaller, warmth-tolerant ones in the greenhouse, and asked me to bring along my own cymb for him to look at. He's been growing orchids for over 10 years, has won all kinds of awards, particularly for his paphs and phrags, and is extremely precise about plant identification. His greenhouse is like a true working laboratory - barely enough room to move between tables, plants, equipment, etc. (it's about 20' x 15', I'd guess) and he mentioned after that he generally does not allow even the Orchid Society inside it. What a fantastic experience! I will post a couple of the pictures my husband took. Anyway, he examined my project in depth, mused about different approaches, and came out on the side of repotting into an 8" cymb-shaped pot, with rocks on the bottom to stabilize, and showed me the mix he uses for his.
    It was very exciting and rewarding - he declared my plant was in beautiful shape and the leaves were "pristine"! Yay for me!

    His cymbs get direct early morning and late pm sun, but are shaded the rest of the day - so, with my southern exposure, I'll have to keep it inside until fall. It may well be able to stay outside here through most of the winter, and should set spikes sometime in late Oct. or Nov., for blooming in Feb. or so. He was quite certain it would rebloom for me as long as I keep doing what I'm doing and follow the other directions as time goes along. The overall result of my visit? I'm hopelessly hooked on orchids now - even more than before - and now at least I have someone close by to check things out in person. A very special gentleman.

    With his health, of course, his involvement is somewhat limited, and I definitely wouldn't send him an "urgent" email in the middle of the night, so y'all are really my extended orchid family. I just wanted to share this extraordinary experience with you. The photos are of Dr. Glass and me in his greenhouse yesterday.

    Hope you find them interesting....
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    Sounds brilliant - what do you use to make holes in them? Would I want a container 8" across to be 10" deep for a cymb? Or deeper?

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    You can go deeper than 10 inches. Cyms seem to like tall pots. I have a rectangular "pot" that is 9 inches long, 5 inches wide and 12 inches tall. I use my drill tp put 3/8 inch holes in the bottom, then cover them inside with coffee filters. Let's water drain out and keeps small bits of mix in the container.

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    Maura GREAT post. Sounds like you have such a great visit. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
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    Default New ideas on cymb pots

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    You can go deeper than 10 inches. Cyms seem to like tall pots. I have a rectangular "pot" that is 9 inches long, 5 inches wide and 12 inches tall. I use my drill tp put 3/8 inch holes in the bottom, then cover them inside with coffee filters. Let's water drain out and keeps small bits of mix in the container.
    Okay, then - I'm off to shop for containers!

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    It was amazing, Bruce. I felt/feel SO privileged!

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