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New Encyclia, Need Advice

This is a discussion on New Encyclia, Need Advice within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I just bought a noid Encyclia at a local nursery. It was very cheap and ...

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    I just bought a noid Encyclia at a local nursery. It was very cheap and healthy looking, so I just couldn't pass it up. Here is the problem, It is potted up in regular potting mix, like miracle grow or something like it. Oh yeah it has two flower spikes on it now also. Here are my questions:
    I should probably repot it in an orchid mix right?
    1. Should I wait till the spike is done blooming, then repot it?
    2. Should I get all the soil off the roots before i pot it in orchid mix, because it is heavily rooted and will be very hard to wash off? I am affraid I will damage alot of roots trying to get all the soil out.
    Thanks alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael99
    I just bought a noid Encyclia at a local nursery. It was very cheap and healthy looking, so I just couldn't pass it up. Here is the problem, It is potted up in regular potting mix, like miracle grow or something like it. Oh yeah it has two flower spikes on it now also. Here are my questions:
    I should probably repot it in an orchid mix right?
    1. Should I wait till the spike is done blooming, then repot it?
    2. Should I get all the soil off the roots before i pot it in orchid mix, because it is heavily rooted and will be very hard to wash off? I am affraid I will damage alot of roots trying to get all the soil out.
    Thanks alot
    Yes, repot it in bark or CHC or similar fast draining media, and repot now. Really work at getting all the soil off. Sometimes I let the rootball sit for 15 mins or so in water and then try removing old media. Don't be afraid to (gently) run water through the roots to get the old stuff out.

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    I go along with your thoughts Diane

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    It is amazing that the plant would have such good roots if it is in dirt where it is getting little air. I wonder if it is actually potting soil or if it is some kind of phal mix that is very near potting soil? I would (and we always do) repot any new orchid when we get them in the mix we are most comfortable watering. In our case a bark mixture. We have repotted many orchids in bud, spike, and beginning bloom without much loss of flower. Most of the time, it is better to save the plant than to worry about the flowers. (There is always the next bloom cycle! )Do your best to disturb the roots as little as possible as you repot and things should be fine.


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    Considering the type of plant I agree with the above advice .
    It is funny , they will do well in dense mix , but some seem to .

    Here is a list of some of the stuff I have tried ..
    African Vioet with Perlite A Phal. .. Cypress mulch a Catt. and a Phal. dries to fast too light . An Ozzie mix , over rated for what it is . Styrofoam peanuts ... did well to tippy ... Lava . works well ... Clay s/h pellets what I use a lot of now . Bark some in it . CHC. don't like it diatomite ...killed a Catt. in it , and last but not least Dirt out of my flower bed my first repot ever a baggie baby Catt. many years ago . It bloomed in it ... . Gin

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    Here is a line I copied from a large wholesale grower that supplies some of the box stores .
    They do it on purpose ! ..
    (quote) We plant our finished orchids a year prior to sale. This results in well rooted plants and gives the soil time to begin breaking down. The process produces a plant that blooms longer and stronger than plants recently repotted......and dies quicker..... they left that out . Gin

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    Thanks for all the advice. It was potted up in a mixture of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and a slow release fertilizer, probably osmocote. I got most of it off and just finished repotting it in an orchid mix. I hope i didn't damage too many roots. I would love to see the blooms. It is suppose to be a fragrant one. Thanks again

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