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This is a discussion on Unmounting an orchid... within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; nice healthy looking root system. i have a tiny little seedling ascofinetia cherry blossom i ...

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    nice healthy looking root system. i have a tiny little seedling ascofinetia cherry blossom i put into a little 3" tree fern pot. hoping it will last until it gets to blooming size for me, but this is my first year trying the tree fern pots. they claim to be 'long lasting' but we'll see. one thing though, any sphagnum moss added takes on a gross brown color from the pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Kjeldz View Post
    i have a large Schom undulata that is now on the outside of a slatted basket....im so afraid idk wat to do with those extensive roots....at least u could just tie urs to another mount but wat am i to do????
    If the basket has any loose slats that can be removed, or cut off; I'd try that first. Then find a basket you can set the smaller basket into. If there are sections on the outside that are large enough, I remove them and establish them onto a separate basket/mount so the original basket will fit into a larger basket without the risk of a section rotting in the middle of a bunch of roots and wood. Schomb's are way tough. If necessary, take a hammer and whack the thing, or get a saw and start making cuts (trying to leave at least two or three pbulbs per bunch), until it comes apart in sections. With certain plants there is no way to be nice about repotting. Just take a deep breath and saw away. I've been known to intentionally throw pots on the ground to make getting it off/out of the clay pot easier...but then i'm mean that way. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Great job, Connie! You DO keep busy, don't you?! I enjoy seeing the fruits of your labors.
    Thank You...I always enjoy my busy work out back. It is my happy place. I am so glad others enjoy my flowers as much as I do.

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    Woohoo Connie! You should come out this way when you finish up Bruce's stuff. You could maybe teach me to be a bit more ruthless with my repotting! I come close to needing a Xanax when I repot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    Woohoo Connie! You should come out this way when you finish up Bruce's stuff. You could maybe teach me to be a bit more ruthless with my repotting! I come close to needing a Xanax when I repot.
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    LOL...well see I used to be that way. Then I began realizing that even when I took my time I often ended up with the same amount of broken roots. Now if I see almost no good roots, I just whack the entire rotted root ball off and save myself tons of time. I just make sure and use a nice rooting soak before I get started. I sit the pot into water up to the top of the potting mix and go do something else for about ten to twenty minutes. That way, even if I cut a ton of roots off, the plant has has time to ingest the rooting hormone and will shoot out roots in no time anyways. I'm also known to beat the plants root ball against the trash can to allow loose material to shake out....saving me a ton of time picking out the loose stuff. There are certain plants that I think do better when you get rid of the old roots. I don't know about everyone else, but I have too many plants to be slowly picking stuff off the roots. lol I also find filling a jug with water and waving the roots back and forth will help remove loose materials as well. When I remove a large section of wood I clean off the top of the water in the jug and wave the roots around again. It is a real time saver.

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    Do you use a preventative fungicide? I find myself going over the plants with a fine toothed comb and sulphuring even the slightest injury when I repot. If its an unmanageable mass of roots, I soak in physan then dry. Either way, it takes lots of time and makes a huge mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    Do you use a preventative fungicide? I find myself going over the plants with a fine toothed comb and sulphuring even the slightest injury when I repot. If its an unmanageable mass of roots, I soak in physan then dry. Either way, it takes lots of time and makes a huge mess.
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    When I am preparing to repot I soak the plant first and that usually has physan and superthrive in the water. As I go along I also swirl the roots around in the solution to help remove loose particles. I scoop out the junk that floats on top of the water so each time I clean the roots i'm not redepositing stuff on the roots. Also; roots in the middle may not have gotten too much physan to them initially, so when I am finished I do on last swirl in the water. And I pour my old solution on potted plants and plants around my yard. It is amazing what that stuff does for my yard plants. I am thinking that may also be why i'm having less trouble with scale and such. My yard plants now have bug protection too....and it makes for less bugs overall on my orchids. Win win...lol!

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    Connie We're on the same wave length. I make up the same Physan /Superthrive mix for soaking the plant to be repotted. I also will use the mixture, after I am done to throw over other plants. However, if the plant that I am repotting is clearly rotting or diseased, I would not put it to other plants, I just throw it onto the soil undr my benches just in case the Physan did not get all the "baddies".

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Connie We're on the same wave length. I make up the same Physan /Superthrive mix for soaking the plant to be repotted. I also will use the mixture, after I am done to throw over other plants. However, if the plant that I am repotting is clearly rotting or diseased, I would not put it to other plants, I just throw it onto the soil undr my benches just in case the Physan did not get all the "baddies".
    Ah yes...my extra gets thrown on the vanda pavers. There is always some sort of mold growing over there due to all the watering. Sounds like we do many things alike...we have a saying here; "great minds think alike"...(said tongue in cheek).

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    i like to dunk my plants over night in the sink filled with water before repotting. then i just dump them out into the water and swish them around to remove chunks. i am definately looking into longer lasting media and avoiding the use of bark as much as possible. i think the soaking allows the roots to soften and swell up a bit, so the healthy ones are less likely to snap whn i am trying to shove them into their new container.

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