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When do you pot bare Root orchids

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    Hi,

    I have collected a few bare root orchids (cats, dends, phals) from a far away city so the conditions would be different and I was thinking that I would

    1) Soak them in 5% sea weed extract for about 20 minutes
    2) allow them to dry and spray them a 2% fungicide
    3) pot them the same day

    I was discussing with a vendor and she was kind enough to suggest the following

    1) spray them with water
    2) leave them in a plastic basket for 2 days in shade so that plants gets used to the new environment
    and then go ahead with soaking them in sea weed extract, fungicide after 2 days.

    I think what the vendor makes sense to some extent but not sure what others do.

    can you pls help me understand what is the current practice that you follow?

    Pls note that these are bare root plants and not potted

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    I would do what your thoughts are, except for the 20 min soak. Maybe 10 mins depending what condition the roots are in. If they haven't dried out & papery, I'd just pot them up & water well with seaweed extract then fungicide. Your area temps should see them do ok. Make sure you have reasonable humidity. Don't keep them too wet till they establish.

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    Two weeks ago I just received a bare root cutting of Cattleya lueddemanniana. The roots were pretty well beat up and several were dead. I removed the dead roots and trimmed the portions of the roots that were damaged. I simply soaked the plant in water for a few minutes and then planted it. I placed the pot in a mostly shaded area next to my humidifier.

    I have lightly misted the surface every couple of days and watered the plant with along with my others last weekend. The plant is now growing new roots from the last two growths.

    One item of note - all my Cattleya lueddemannianas are growing new roots right now. It is just the time of year that this occurs.

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    I think you'll be OK either way. Phals should be repotted fairly soon after acquiring them because they don't have pseudo-bulbs to store water and they continue to grow year round. Waiting a few days won't hurt them at all as long as you provide some moisture. On the other hand, I've kept cattleyas bare-root for a couple months. Many cattleyas don't grow during the winter and they store water and nutrients so they can last a long time. They just need the roots misted 2-3 times a week.

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    Wow, that is a lot of new roots!

    cheers,
    BD

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    For me not that much different from the suggestions given as above depend on the species for Phals immediately I got bare root I will spray with the water after an hour than begin accordingly and vanda species little bit different just soak inside the water for 2 to 6 hours depending on the severity of dehydration once the roots already theoretically engorged with water than begin the next process. Basically pseudobulbless need to treat very fast as compared the plant having bulbs and vandas I seldom used fungicide unless really indicated.

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