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My Seedlings Have Arrived!

This is a discussion on My Seedlings Have Arrived! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I am now the proud owner of: 1 Brassavola Nodosa 1 Dendrobium Kingianum 1 Dendrobium ...

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    I am now the proud owner of:

    1 Brassavola Nodosa
    1 Dendrobium Kingianum
    1 Dendrobium Spectabile
    1 Stanhopea Tigrina
    1 Kegeliella Atripilosa

    They are all in 2-2 1/2" pots and my question is, should I repot any of them?

    Some of them seem a little crowded and I obviously want to encourage growth right away, so would a little pot space help?

    I gave them all a nice drink of fertilizer and superthrive and my next question is, how often should I water? They're potted in a very well draining mixture and judging by how small the pot is, i'm guessing every 3 days. But, I can always check with a bamboo skewer, water when dry and not before, correct?

    That leads me to my next question, the Stanhopea enjoys having wet feet, should I repot with some sphag on the bottom to satiate it's urge to stay wet?

    Sorry about the thousand questions, i'm absolutely enthralled by the little guys and want to ensure their survival.

    They arrived in fantastic condition and i must say are just about the cutest darn things i've ever seen. The little pbulbs on the dends are just pinchable!

    Again, I apologize for the gushing, most certainly in love with all of them!

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    I'm not sure but I'd leave them in the pot for now because since they just came they're still getting used to the new place and re-potting could just be adding stress on the plant. But I am not expert so maybe you should wait for other members to help too. for your new seedlings! Very Cute plants and good luck!
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    Now, for the Stanie, sit it on a bed of pebbles with some water in them, this should sate its thirst for humidity! But otherwise, keep it in the bark for now, and water on a daily basis. Then, maybe after a month or so (after giving them time to acclimatise), repot the Stanie into straight sphagnum. Keep it on the pebble bed for a few months more as the seedlings enjoy the humidity. With the others, i jsut sit mine in the chinese takeaway trays, and mist them every day, and water them once a week. It does the trick, although everyone else waters them everyday and mists them several times a day lol

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    Very cute! The pot size looks all right to me for now. They still have a little room for growth.

    One note about the Kegeliella atripilosa: From my experience so far (I got a seedling in June), they really, really don't seem to like much light. I had read that too much light can cause them to drop leaves, so I put mine with by my Phals thinking that light would be low enough. I still lost leaves. I pulled it two feet further from the window but lost more leaves. Next I moved it all the way across the room and the leaf drop stopped--Good thing as there aren't many left! As of this morning I have it 6 feet from my east facing window. I will see how it likes this spot before making my next move. I'd love to hear progress reports with yours. There don't seem to be too many people growing them, and I'd love any tips or observations.

    Happy growing!

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    Alright, for the time being they'll remain pot bound and I'll put them on top of some of my potting mix with water as I don't have any pebbles.

    The Kegeliella Atripilosa was one of the random ones I got, love the red leaf coloration. I'll see how it does in my Eastern facing window; if I notice any leaf drop or anything i'll move it and keep you updated. I've gotta be careful with such a small size plant, I imagine they die fairly quickly.

    I'm trying my best not to buy 10 more of them, they're just so darn cute!

    How do you guys resist!?

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    Dont put them on potting mix! It will act as capillary, and transport the water into the pots, and it compacts down, AND it will rot and stink bad....
    Surely pebbles are not that expensive to buy, or that hard to find. Gravel works well too. But NEVER use potting mix or any other organic matter for the purpose.

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    Gotcha, thankfully I hadn't done it yet, so anything non-porous will suffice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHLL38 View Post
    Gotcha, thankfully I hadn't done it yet, so anything non-porous will suffice?
    Basically. You know the cleaning noodles you can buy for fishtank filters? They work well...

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    I'm really fretting about watering, only when a bamboo skewer doesn't feel wet, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHLL38 View Post
    I'm really fretting about watering, only when a bamboo skewer doesn't feel wet, correct?
    When it doesnt look dark-when the part in the medium looks dark, then it is all good, but if it is as light as the rest of the skewer, then it needs a water

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