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Help on transplanting

This is a discussion on Help on transplanting within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I love orchids and live in Boca Raton, Fl and need some advice. Is it ...

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    Elaine is offline Junior Member
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    Smile Help on transplanting

    I love orchids and live in Boca Raton, Fl and need some advice.
    Is it possible to cut down the heavy stalks on an orchid plant that is thriving and blooms every 10-12 months?
    I believe they are the dendrodium variety and are pure white in color and have about 10-12 flowers per shoot. They are in a pot outdoors and are very healthy but are growing too tall and the stalks are quite ugly.
    Thanks for your help.

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    You can divide a dendrobium--meaning not cut the canes ("stalks") directly off the plant but cut down through the rhizome. You want to leave part of the rhizome intact. (Google: Dividing a sympodial orchid)

    These plants can be very leggy. If I lived in Boca Raton, I'd graft these to some tree in your back yard and watch them grow naturally. You can just divide the plant and tie or hot glue it to something in your yard. I've seen gorgeous displays of these plants when grown in the semi-pendant fashion with the flowers hanging out and down...

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    Any living canes provide another important source of energy for your plant and therefore should not be cut down.

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    Thank you for advising not to cut down. Can I repot the new growth while the old canes are flowering or would it be better to wait? I can not put in a tree as my patio is really a balcony on a high rise apartment.

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