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Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' FCC/AOS

This is a discussion on Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' FCC/AOS within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This revived psychopsis thread reminded me to report that I finally made the break. For ...

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    Default Psychopsis in S/H

    This revived psychopsis thread reminded me to report that I finally made the break. For over a year, I have been wanting to repot my two Psy. Mendenhall 'Monarch' plants. They came in tiny clay pots, packed tightly in aging sphag. It was a constant balancing act getting them enough water but not too much. They were getting increasingly top heavy and awkward. But I dreaded repotting them because I kept reading how much they hated having their roots disturbed.

    I finally bit the bullet and spent a good hour picking all the sphag bits from around their roots and washing them off good. And then I made the big move; I had been wanting to put them in s/h, which in this dry climate, is a good way to get even moisture to a plant. There had been recent root growth, so I figured this was as good a time as any.

    They both went into one pot. For the first three weeks, I would soak the medium well once a week, but not leave any water in the reservoir. Now I have started to fill the reservoir as needed, like with my other s/h plants.

    It has only been about a month, but the plants don't seem to have noticed they were repotted. Buds are still swelling, and new spikes still lengthening. I think they like it!

    These are such fun orchids to grow, and now they will be much easier for me to manage.

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    Well, a revived thread, should I chime in or should I not? But then since many of you already added the few cents, I must oblige to give this thread a few more shots at life ...

    Thanks, Rocco!

    Hi Ischel,
    My many Psychopsis are in bloom right now. They are very good plants once you figure them out. They like to be on the drier side, they can be grown either warm or on the warm side of intermediate!!! I keep them in clay pots so they can dry out quickly.

    Hi Sadie,
    Well, I have so many ribbons now that I tend to let other people to win ... Let other people enjoy winning ribbons for their hard earned blooms, that is my motto these days ... heheheheeee ...

    Hi Lynda,
    Well, I think those Psychopsis do appreciate repotting if the old medium has become stale and wet ... They are pretty hardy little buggers, once you got to know them, they perform for you. Glad that you enjoy them as well!!!

    Cheers. Hoa.
    Last edited by Hoa Tony Nguyen; September 28th, 2007 at 04:09 PM.

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    Very beautiful flower, Hoa! Congrats.

    I'm another happy Psychopsis in S/H mover.
    Kalihi and Papilio doing well, flowering and growing like a crazy.

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