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help with Maxillaria

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    Hi ...I just recently bought this Maxillaria ...want to repotted...As you can see there is 2" pot? clump that the roots are in and then it was stuffed very tightly... how do I get the bark or whatever is wrapped out without destroying the roots?


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    Soaking the roots helps soften them a bit. Then, as gently as possible, work them loose and apart. I start on a corner. I have spent up to 45 minutes on one orchid doing this. Some roots will get injured no matter how gentle you are. But orchids are amazingly resilient.

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    How long should be soak?

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    Believe it or not, the very best thing I ever found for this is a crochet needle. Pretty much, poke and prod at it to get what you can out of it and then just shove it into a 4" pot and don't forget a pot clip and also stake it. It looks like tenuifolia which is a hardy thing. Good luck!!!

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    Thanks Wade's Orchids.... I was trying that for 40 min. with tweezers too.... soak for 20 min...the roots still hard...remove a little pieces of sphagnum moss and bark...You're right is a Maxillaria tenuifolia (the coconut orchid)..... more tips in this orchid will be appreciated

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    78Terp ..thanks I did soak for 20 min. and still hard like a rock....

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    All I can say is, just keep working it!

    Have you visited IOSPE and seen their description of it?
    http://www.orchidspecies.com/maxillariatenuifolia.htm

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    Sometimes it's just a solid mass and you have to pot it like it is. Max. tenuifolia likes lots of light. Watering is the same through the year - wait until almost dry and water again. It will tell you that your watering practices are right by not having shriveled bulbs. If it's in a clay pot you can just feel if the pot feels cool. If it does it can wait another day. After a while you will know without even checking.

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