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Should I re-pot my orchid now?

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    Default Should I re-pot my orchid now?

    I was given a beautiful orchid as a thank you gift for hosting a baby shower for a friend in late March.

    This is what it looked like I was given it. (It's a photo album since I seem to be having issues inserting photos)
    https://goo.gl/photos/1PLJajRXG4T1GM4H6

    It bloomed for about 6 weeks until early May. I've kept up with watering it about once a week and fertilizing it about once a month. I'm starting to see some new root growth and given the number of roots coming out of the pot, I'm wondering if I should replant it. Here is what it looks like now.
    https://goo.gl/photos/Kgz6FtZu4k27vb377

    Any advice on whether I should re-plant (or any advice if it looks like I'm doing anything wrong) would be helpful. If anyone can identify the type of orchid that would also be appreciated. I don't have great luck with plants but I'd love to keep this one healthy as it was a gift and because orchids are a cat friendly indoor plant.

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    Hello from Colorado!


    It looks a bit dehydrated to me. I would water more often. Where I live in metro Denver, I water my orchids 2 times a week. Maybe 3 times during the summer. You can also fertilize at every watering with a very weak solution (1/4 teaspoon/gal).

    That is an Oncidium type orchid. Does it have a fragrance?

    Unless the media is breaking down, I wouldn't repot at this time. The new fan that is growing will be what blooms next for you.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada! Agree with Harvey all the way.

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    Hello and Welcome. Concur with Harvey. Looking fwd to forum interactions.

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    The name is Odontocidium Bartley Schwartz . I grow this grex ( I have a couple of plants ) in S/H. That is to say I knock out of the pot, shake off as much of the old compost as possible, then get Perlite - the coarsest grade I can find, put it in a kitchen sieve - like a tea strainer, put that under the kitchen tap, to wash out all the dust and finer particles, then use that as compost. Tip it into the new ( or cleaned old ) pot , and tap the pot on the table to settle it . Put a little horticultural grit on top for neatness, stability and to keep the perlite in place, then plunge in rain water, and drain. When it starts growing the pot can be stood in a plant saucer kept topped up with water, and will not need watering otherwise.You can grow a better plant than the one you started with, this way.

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    Oh, this is not Bartley Schwarz. It looks more like Colmanara Wildcat "Chadwick". Good luck with your plant!

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    I would also agree with Harvey on this one!

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