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Repotting Question

This is a discussion on Repotting Question within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I've read how you're supposed to cut the rhizome when repotting a catt. However, being ...

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    Question Repotting Question

    I've read how you're supposed to cut the rhizome when repotting a catt. However, being fairly new to growing (and not having any sealant), I've never done this. I do have some leaf-less pbulbs which could and probably should be removed. I was wondering if I split the plant and planted both halves, would both haves grow? Or only the half with the active growth? (I actually have two pbulbs with consistant active growth on both catts, but I think they're both on the same end.) And how necessary is the rhizome split?

    Do you think my local specialty gardening shop (since I haven't been able to find anyone on AOS for orchids in my state) would have a sealant?

    Thanks for any input!
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    I have never used a sealant yet and Ive been growing orchids for 20+ years.

    If you want to divide/split the plant ,keep at least 4 bulbs per division and make the cut now and repot the plant when both the front section and the back section have new growth with roots.

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    Cool. So splitting isn't necessary?

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    I only split if I want a second plant, or because I just can't fit the plant into a reasonable sized pot. I don't use sealant, but I do let the plant 'scab over', usually just for an hour or so. I also will sometimes cut off the oldest one or two pbulbs if that will help the plant fit the pot better.

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    Like Diane said, you only have to worry about cutting into the rhizome when you want to divide the plant. Otherwise, if the root system is healthy You just go up a pot size to allow room for about 2 years of growth.

    As far as sealing the cuts on the rhizome, regular cinnamon works just fine. It helps to dry out the wound and prevents infection--fungus and bacteria really don't like the cinnamon...but that's only if you want to divide your SLC and send me half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    As far as sealing the cuts on the rhizome, regular cinnamon works just fine. It helps to dry out the wound and prevents infection--fungus and bacteria really don't like the cinnamon...but that's only if you want to divide your SLC and send me half.
    Hehehe... We'll see... first I have to get her healthy. I don't want to give her any more shocks until she gets her roots again. I don't know if its a good idea to cut a plant that's suffered such nasty root rot as this one has? I replaced some of my bark mix with sphag at the top so the mini-roots have a better chance of getting some water before things dry.... Also thought it might keep them from drying out too much while I'm out of town for a week. I watered today.. probably water again Thurs morning before I leave.

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    Going anywhere nice?

    Sorry went off topic - but I am very new to catts and am interested in what everyone else has to say, but can't really offer any useful advice. However, you might find, like me, that when you repot your catt the rhizome splits all by itself and scares the hell out of you!

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