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Repotting of orchids (mostly cymbidiums)

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    Default Repotting of orchids (mostly cymbidiums)

    I think I have recently learnt something new: repot all newly bought plants to make sure they are in the correct (preferred) medium. Due to my watering regime, I like to plant everything in bark.

    Recently discovered that, some newly bought plants, have bark on top of soil - thus looks like bark but isn't. Then, discover root rot starting after a while. So far I have had luck with repotting however, it is basically autumn in SA now. Will it be too late to report a cymbidium?

    Currently my thinking is rather to save the plant by repotting and sacrifice possible flowering in spring.

    Do you think my "thinking" above is correct and, can I report cymbidiums just before winter?

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    Hi, Welcome to Orchid Talk forum. Could you share few images of your cymbidiums orchid, you have grown so far; to help us giving you an accurate and helpful suggestion?

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    just battling to load some pics onto the forum.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newtothis View Post
    just battling to load some pics onto the forum.......
    Look here for some help: http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...tml#post105368

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    I agree with your though about repotting new aquisitions. I do the same all the time.

    For Cymbidium repotting in autumn I can't help you with own experience. But they are going inte a resting state before winter and I would wait with repotting untill springtime and new growth would be benificial. To my knowledge they can handle dry cool winter rests and change of medium is therefore not urgent.

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    Lots of growers re-pot in the late spring and early summer, before the onset of vigorous new growth. If you have waited too long and the plant is already into its new season; then hold on until your orchid has bloomed or else you will lose it. Re-potting should be done every year-and-a-half to two years, before the potting medium begins to break down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eircsmith View Post
    Lots of growers re-pot in the late spring and early summer, before the onset of vigorous new growth. If you have waited too long and the plant is already into its new season; then hold on until your orchid has bloomed or else you will lose it. Re-potting should be done every year-and-a-half to two years, before the potting medium begins to break down.

    Timing for repotting does depend of degradation of the medium BUT it is the local conditions that dictates the degradation time. There IS alot more degradation in a warm and very humid environment compared to a dry indoor climate in northern Europe for excample. Saying that you have to repot every 1,5-2 years due to breakdown is therefore not valid not consider your conditions OR your substrate!

    Growing in inert material you only need to repot when the orchid outgrow the pot. OR when the rots root due to wrong growing conditions, but then you have other problems that will not be solved by repotting...

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