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Den. Chao Praya Blue

This is a discussion on Den. Chao Praya Blue within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This spike popped out about a week ago and is breaking all growth records. Someday ...

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    Red face Den. Chao Praya Blue

    This spike popped out about a week ago and is breaking all growth records. Someday I may give up on the other orchids and just grow Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium. They seem to totally love Florida and my new yard...or the well water. Whatever...repotting this is going to be a total chore. I wonder if I'd get in trouble for sitting this one into a larger pot with chuncks of wood in between. Hmm...

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    Dear Connie...you could soak it to loosen up the roots, break the pot, remove as much of it as you can without wiping out the roots so that you can get to the old media and replace it...just a thought...
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    I think it would work in a larger pot or basket if you don't want to repot it. But if you do, do as Remo suggests: Soak and then take a hammer and towel and break the clay pot into small pieces. You don't have to remove them all from the new potting as they will work as part of the mix too.

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    I think it's a very good idea, Connie. New growths would establish themselves on the wood chunks and once you have determined that the new growths have sufficiently matured you can cut through the rhizome leaving the old pseudobulbs in the pot. These will then put out new keikis and you'll have another colony.

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    Good advise Yew, i really like the idea too, it therefore wont cause any root disturbance either.

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    also, How nig is the plant? is it like spec size? or more like delicartum size?

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    The p-bulb with the spike is roughly 2 1/2 ft. long/tall. I have several of these type dendrobiums and they typically grow to 2 1/2 to 3 ft. Not sure what a "delicartum" looks like honestly.

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    its fairly common i beleive, a cool aussie type. canes (well mine anyway,) can grow to about 1m, and has kingianum type blooms, shape and size wise. I have two types, one of them Alba, its also a lot smaller! the blooms on the delicartum are sort of a creamy tan, speckled with maroon.

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    We should get the first blooms soon...
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    I think you should leave the flowers and buds waiting to mature and then separating trees and plant them out into a larger pot, you should soak them in water for about an hour to dismantle the plants are favorable and should also soak them through fungicide before planting .

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