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Weekend project

This is a discussion on Weekend project within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I was given this orchid from a friend who's moving. I've repotted a number of ...

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    I was given this orchid from a friend who's moving. I've repotted a number of orchids before, but I'm a little overwhelmed by this one.

    The basket it's in is 8 in by 8 in. It's lined by a piece of burlap that is deteriorating and allowing the media (which is breaking down) to fall through.
    I know it needs out of this basket and in new media; I'm just not sure yet about if and how to divide it. As you can see in the second pic, there are whole sections of the plant growing on top of other sections. Maybe I'll remove them and pot them separately? Maybe I'll know better after I get it out of the basket. I'll probably do that on Sun afternoon. In the meantime, if any one has any suggestions, I would appreciate them.

    The orchid is a NOID. At first glance I thought some type of oncidium, but the p-bulbs are shaped differently than the onc I have. Whatever it is, it has obviously been under watered.
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    It does look like its oncidium related. But will be hard to ID other than that.

    That reminds me of the large Sharry Baby that Katie gave me. Only I intentionally potted mine in an 8-inch basket and is not yet as overgrown as yours.
    This one still has a few seasons to go before I worry about repotting


    If you need to repot it, you probably need to break open the wood basket. Or if the roots are not attached to the basket you could gently pull the entire plant up and out of the basket.

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    It may have been underwatered, or it could be that it's so overgrown and the mix is so broken down that not all of the plant is getting enough water.

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    Then too, depending on how much you like to water and what space you have, you could allow the plant to completely envelope the basket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Then too, depending on how much you like to water and what space you have, you could allow the plant to completely envelope the basket.
    I would do that! Nothing like a huge specimen orchid with lots of beautiful blooms.

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    I have to agree. I say let it go crazy in the basket! I repotted a big brassia last spring and it has taken to its new ceramic home quite well, but I did not split it up. It was a daunting task, but well worth it, and now it's the center of my collection.
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    I will leave it alone and let it goes wild. Check out some of my wild one.
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    Well, it looks like the overwhelming majority are in favor of not deviding! It does need new mix, though, since what it's in is really breaking down. Also, it's hard to water it evenly, with half of the roots in and half out of the mix. I'm hoping that the burlap lining will help me get the plant out without too much damage and then maybe I can situate it better and cover more of the roots. But I will take the advice and try to keep the plant intact.

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