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Inherited HUGE Sharry Baby! Please Help

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    Default Inherited HUGE Sharry Baby! Please Help

    My mum had a massive (looks like about 6-7 plants now) Sharry Baby that she had to leave with me as she just moved up North.

    This is one amazing orchid and it really needs some TLC.

    I have no idea how to truly take care of orchids but boy now do I want to learn!

    She was in South St. Pete with this orchid and I am in Orlando. Although it does not seem like a climate change to me she did say it's more tropical where she was in St. Pete than here and to take that into consideration when caring for my new amazing orchid.

    Right now I have it inside for the last three days (she had it outside in a pretty protected area in the pot it is in now, it did not get much sun and it looks like it liked it that way.)

    I need guidance on where to put this plant first of all (I do have a back patio where I could put it close to the house for only early AM sun and temps in that area are in the mid 40's at the lowest at night right now.. I checked over the last three days with my husbands digital weather station... It keeps track of temps.

    I am sorry if I am posting in the wrong area! Please let me know if I am!

    I am somewhat intimidated by this plant. It's incredible, so stunning and the entire kitchen smells amazing with these few spikes that are left.. I cut off over 10 spent spikes when we got it in the house.

    Here are pix. I took some with an orange for size reference! I also took some of the plant as there are so many plants now in it. Mom said it needed to be divided. I will worry about that later, right!?

    What do you think? Is there anything I need to do right now besides get it in a good area? I also bought orchid fert. that is 11 - 35 - 11. I think that is for blooms, right? Any help is so very appreciated!!! I want to (need to!) honor this plant with the care and love it deserves.






    Do I need to worry about these brown "bulbs".. what are they actually called? I am studying!

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    Fabulous plant!!!!!!!!!An established orchid is certainly strong and tough unfortunately with most can be very messy and untidy seriously affecting the aesthetic value. Dead/dried organic matter is also a big risk when moist encouraging hostile fungal/ bacterial presence promoting rot and infection. Many infections become or are vascular and spread within the plant often without being noticed much like infections spread within us via blood cells or mucus/ membranes. Harmful pathogens can enter through a wound (like broken skin) and can travel leaves, roots and bulbs and takes no prisoners. PRIORITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clean it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Clean it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That would be my first action and take it from their.! Arm yourself with a sterile hygenic set up with sterilising tools etc. Systemic fungicides/ insecticides may also be good for just in case events.

    The plant you have is a strong vigorous grower!

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    Yeah!!!!
    Thank you so much Opaline.

    As I have zero experience with orchids I am reading as much as I can about this particular one as quickly as I can. I was surprised to just read on here that it likes to dry out (and learned the bulbs are called "psudo bulbs"! also) between waterings.

    So let me ask you the best way to clean it? Should I turn up upside down? There is MUCH debris in it. I hate to sound so ignorant but I have no idea what to really do. Do I spray it off with a hose or would that hurt the plant?

    As far as the hygenic clean up.. you mean cutting off dead leaves.. etc?

    I do understand I don't do anything with the bulbs, right? They continue to feed the plant.?
    Thank you so much! This plant means very much to me.

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    What a treasure you have there. Be careful with the nighttime temps. The lowest for this plant is 50-55° at night. By all means clean it up a bit, remove all dead (brown or yellow bulbs). You didn't say what media it's in. If you try to transplant it you might lose a good deal of it, since it looks like it's been in that wooden basket a loooooooong time. You might just want to get a bigger basket and put the whole thing basket and all into the bigger basket. Whatever you do, good luck. Keep tuning in to the forum, I'm sure you'll get a lot of advice about this plant.

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    Hi ischel1 - Wait.. I see you are Mary.
    Just getting to know how the forum works! (thanks again for your first reply Matt!)

    It's in a 10" terracotta pot. I was actually JUST reading about that. I think when I get ready, I will try to break the pot (have no idea how right now!).

    I also know it's been in this pot for at least 5 years. I was covered with close to 20 spikes a couple of months ago.
    As far as the medium I am sure she originally planted it in whatever it's supposed to be planted in.. she was REALLY good with all her orchids. This was one I just always loved and now it's mine *grin*.

    She did say I should think about dividing it soon. I just found a new spike on it though.. so I will have more flowers soon. If I wait until it does not flower to divide it I think that will be a couple more months? I do think tough that it might go into shock from being moved?
    I will be keeping it in the house in the window it is in for a while now I guess.. since it is already below 50 at night.. it gets nice filtered sun in that spot..

    Thank you so much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    What a treasure you have there. Be careful with the nighttime temps. The lowest for this plant is 50-55° at night. By all means clean it up a bit, remove all dead (brown or yellow bulbs). You didn't say what media it's in. If you try to transplant it you might lose a good deal of it, since it looks like it's been in that wooden basket a loooooooong time. You might just want to get a bigger basket and put the whole thing basket and all into the bigger basket. Whatever you do, good luck. Keep tuning in to the forum, I'm sure you'll get a lot of advice about this plant.
    I have 2 established old cymbidiums and would look similar to this in no time. 'Pot Plonk' as Mary says, is a great time saving, convenient method necessary in some cases and causes minimal disruption to the plant. The basket and all method rehousing it in its entirety in a new container/ pot /basket would be my first choice for sure and a well known method.

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    agree with Matt! Lovely massive plant.

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    Wow, a very massive specimen ! Repotting is the way to go. I recommend that you divide the plant into 4-6 pseudobulb divisions, that will help you clean the dead parts thoroughly. You could then plant them into individual pots or put them back together in a very big, flat pot, make sure that the newer growth has place to grow and fill up the pot.

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    I am with Amey here: To divide into sections like amey says makes the whole operation easier: you can get much more easily to what needs removing, like dead material... old decayed rooting mix should be removed too... and the sections can be potted communally, using fresh mix- and you are back with a big beautiful specimen, only clean and healthy safe. (Or if you prefer you can pot them separately.) When you cut, mind you sterilise the blades- at least by passing through a flame.

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