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Repotting a blooming den.

This is a discussion on Repotting a blooming den. within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Okay, so I put the pot and all in the bag? And then after that ...

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    Okay, so I put the pot and all in the bag? And then after that what do I do? So I still treat it like a regualr Den but in a baggie? Should I continue to let it sort of dry out betwen waterings? Should I mist it to keep the humidity up and keep it in a warm place? Should the inside of the baggie be foggy? It has one heathy flower left, should I just cut the stalk off?

    I will not give up!!! *Determination*

    Edit: Oh yes. It will go in the Schultz orchid mix for now. If that's really terrible, I'll repot it later in something else. I also have sphag. Should I put that anywhere?

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    Once you've sealed it in the bag, do nothing at all to it. No watering, no fertilizing, no misting, absolutely nothing. And keep it somewhere dim, 2-3 months. You're not going to treat it like you would normally treat a dendrobium at all. This is last-ditch, hardcore recuperation. Set it, and forget it. WHen you repot, use bark that's been soaked so that it can fill the baggy with its humidity. It'll fog up a little, but if it fogs up a lot, you're keeping it somewhere too warm and / or too bright. If you're repotting the plant, you don't need any sphagnum. Use that only if you seal the plant in a baggy bare-root: the sphagnum or wet paper towel supplies the humidity.

    Aaron--good to hear your success story!

    These guys are lot tougher than most give them credit for, so Styx, hang in there with it.

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    And I'm cutting off all the roots that are "hollow" right?

    Oh, and am I cutting off the stalk with the flower?

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    Yep--both: hollow roots and flower spike have to go.

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    Oh boy... I'm going to be cringing for days after chopping off that flower spike...

    Edit: Okay, I've done it. The flower spike was the worst. Clipped a lot of the roots off, nearly all of them. Ripped off two of those cane things, one was rotted, the other had no roots and would have died anyway- two canes left. Dipped it in rooting hormone and repotted it. Hope the hormone helps and doesn't kill it. I uh... put it in one of those oven bags. Is that okay? Should I get something else? I only realized that was all I had after I was done with everything else.
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    Sounds good, Styx.

    One of those oven bags will be fine--anything you can close up tight so it holds the humidity in. The rooting hormone may help speed things along, too.

    Now, all you have to do is.........









    wait.

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    Waiting is going to be difficult. I think I may have a problem. I let the pot with the wet mix in it drain first, but it continued to drain overnight after I bagged it and there's a puddle of water in the bag now (obviously, the pot is sitting in it). Should I open and soak up some of that water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Styx
    I think I may have a problem. I let the pot with the wet mix in it drain first, but it continued to drain overnight after I bagged it and there's a puddle of water in the bag now (obviously, the pot is sitting in it). Should I open and soak up some of that water?
    My suggestion would be to drain out the excess water that has collected in the bag.

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    I just though, I could put it on a heat pad to evaporate the water and make it more humid in the bag... Would that be better than draining?

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    No.

    You're not trying to steam the thing. Just keep the humidity in. Drain out the excess water and just reseal the plant and pot in the bag.

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