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    hi,
    i got a phal gigantea seedling i purchased several months back, now it has already overgrow the 4 inch clay pot it is in. the problem is, ITS FRIGGIN HARD TO GET THOSE ROOTS UP FROM THE ATTACHMENT TO THE CLAYPOTS. i am open to all suggestion, breaking the roots would be the lowest in the option.
    i got a mad ideas on drilling one big tunnel tru a fern slate and anchor the entire pot to it after sitting the pot tru the tunnel. goes something like in the pic. (not the best pic but i had to produced it in less than 5mins before i rush to wok..hehe)
    Perhaps maybe next time no claypots for bb phals that to be mounted later on?
    thanks for any input
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    What media is in the pot? Looks like a good enough idea to me as long as the media in the pot isn't anything that would be a cause of worry later on.
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    Soak the entire pot for a good 15 minutes. Then wrap the pot with a dish towel or small bath towel and take a hammer and smash the pot (gently). Remove the towel and pick away any big pieces of the clay pot that remain. The pieces that are still stuck to roots can be left attached. I do this with cattleyas all the time. Those cattleya roots dig into clay pots and are almost impossible to remove without damaging the roots. So, we just let them hang on to the smallest pieces possible when repotting. Good luck!

    cheers,
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    I was wondering what sort of care you gave the gigantea. I've wanted one for a long time and just figured i'd kill the tiny one's I see offered. Are they difficult??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    What media is in the pot? Looks like a good enough idea to me as long as the media in the pot isn't anything that would be a cause of worry later on.
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    its in 90% charcoal with 10% moss.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Soak the entire pot for a good 15 minutes. Then wrap the pot with a dish towel or small bath towel and take a hammer and smash the pot (gently). Remove the towel and pick away any big pieces of the clay pot that remain. The pieces that are still stuck to roots can be left attached. I do this with cattleyas all the time. Those cattleya roots dig into clay pots and are almost impossible to remove without damaging the roots. So, we just let them hang on to the smallest pieces possible when repotting. Good luck!
    cheers,
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    did with the soaking but did not go to the banging part i will leave the damaging the root part option to the last in the list,

    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I was wondering what sort of care you gave the gigantea. I've wanted one for a long time and just figured i'd kill the tiny one's I see offered. Are they difficult??
    for seedlings i planted them in 90% charcoal and 10% moss. after that i mount them on fern roots. caring is pretty much like other phals i had. so far gigantea are easy to care for and hardy for me. they love to be mounted on fern roots, in fact most phals do.
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    BD's suggestion is excellent. I would and have done the same thing. Another reason why I prefer to use plastic pots nowadays - the roots don't stick to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    BD's suggestion is excellent. I would and have done the same thing. Another reason why I prefer to use plastic pots nowadays - the roots don't stick to them.
    ditto on the part on plastic pots, non breakable, cheap and good. one of the reason why i still stick to clay pot because they dry faster as i got very itchy hands and i would spray my orchids 2x/day.

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    Anyway good luck hoping it will growing very well, looking for the result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catasetum-ian View Post
    ditto on the part on plastic pots, non breakable, cheap and good. one of the reason why i still stick to clay pot because they dry faster as i got very itchy hands and i would spray my orchids 2x/day.
    really dun have the heart to break the pot, i can see nice green silvery roots coming out from bottom and the side of the pot. Sigh.......................
    Not to worry, you can always use the rest of the broken pieces when you repot other orchids - they won't go to waste. Plus you'll set all the roots free to spread out and do what they do best. If you don't break that pot eventually the roots trapped in the pot will die.

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    hi, here is the end result, guess i chicken out during the last minute. ended up sitting it in a bigger clay pot, however did end fracturing one root *can see from the image where it had a 90 degree acute angle*
    will eventually filled up the charcoal media slightly as they sets in. thanks for all the advice everyone. much appreciated.
    then i hanged the pot at a tilting angle and keep the two finger cross
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