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Repotting my Sharry Baby

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    Default Repotting my Sharry Baby

    What do I need to know? My Sharry Baby was my first orchid back in February. It's my baby and I decided with all of my recent disasters and the things I have figured out, I needed to have a look at her to avoid disaster with her if possible.
    First funny (haha!) thing I noticed is the mass of tightly packed spagh rotting some of her roots. Funny because as a newbie, I had never seen orchid roots and saw all that stuff and figured it must belong there and I can't get it out anyway....
    So today I ran it under lots of water, got out my tweezers and spent over an hour in total picking that stuff out, rotted roots out, and pretty much combing her roots all nice and straight in the process LOL!!
    Now, what could I not know in repotting? I have a mix of bark, perlite, and charcoal soaking - should I let it soak till tomorrow and wrap her roots in a damp paper towel?
    Do I need to wash her roots with anything to avoid any pests, diseases, viruses, molds, life in general?
    I also really figured out today - do not pack the mix in tightly. I will dump handfuls in and tap it and shake it to settle everything in gently.
    Do I fertilize her?
    She was in spike when I bought her and when all the flowers dropped I cut the spike low. She grew another growth off of one of the bulbs so I think she's doing ok...
    So, she's clean, potting mix is soaking, and I'm wanting to do this just perfectly...
    Thanks again all for making me feel better :c)

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    I'm one of the few people around who can't stand the fragrance of Sharry Baby, so I've never had one. But it should be pretty typical. The media should be thoroughly soaked before potting - I usually let mine soak for 12 - 24 hours.

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    Default What if you knew of someone...

    Let's say you know of (cough, cough) an off-the-cuff, spontaneous, impatient person who never seems to look ahead far enough to soak mix overnight. Ahem! If they only manage to soak it for an hour or two, are they being a bad orchid parent and someone should call DCF?

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    HAHA!!!!
    I am DYING to repot my Baby. I found a cute tinier pot around the house today and gosh, I'm just DYING to get it going again!!! Orchids take so long to impress me with anything anyway!! I want to pot :c)

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    LOL!! You can't wait eh??? If it looks like the media has absorbed a lot of water.... go ahead.

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    Umm, it's wet....
    I'm going to pot then and have dessert. You're the best! hehe!

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    if you are using a bark based mix there is no need to soak it,I havent soaked bark yet.
    Repot it into a pot large snough to take another 1 or 2 years growth,and repot so that the base of the pbulbs are level with the top of the mix.

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    ACK!
    I just put it in a smaller pot that just holds the roots and some mix... I need someone to come show me just what is right.
    I read that they need to be in a pot just large enough for a bit of growth for them to do well. I guess I should put it back in it's slightly larger pot?
    Do I try to sneak some potting mix into the roots?
    Peanuts on the bottom layer, some mix next and into the roots? then top with mix lightly? And don't forget the spike holder so I don't damage roots and I show orchid spiking faith?

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    Of COURSE it's going to spike. Maybe you need 2 stakes. You're on a roll now Tikva!

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    Thanks Mehera.
    I guess putting it back in a slightly larger pot shows root and orchid growth faith too, right? hehe
    Off to fix it I guess :c)

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