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Psychopsis Mendenhall "Monarch"

This is a discussion on Psychopsis Mendenhall "Monarch" within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Oh cool! I'll keep an eye on it! ...pauses to go inspect the spike... Nope, ...

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    Oh cool! I'll keep an eye on it! ...pauses to go inspect the spike...

    Nope, nothing yet. Thanks for the info, Diane!

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    I potted mine in s/h when i first got it about 2 years ago .It had 2 new growths @ the time & it didn,t miss a beat.
    There should be enough room in the pot for another 10 years of growth if it produces 1 new PB every year.

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    Uncasteeb: I was wondering about s/h; if the plants liked it, it certainly wouldn't need repotted very often. What do you think about trying a transfer to s/h between blossoms? Does your have more than one spike?

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    Mehera,

    The best time to convert to s/h is when new roots are emerging (new roots from the base, not those branching from the old roots). Mine is now sort of s/h, it was potted in clay pot with lava rock, with a saucer on the bottom. Everytime when I water, I fill up the saucer, then wait for the saucer to go dry for a day before rewater again. I read tree fern pot is good for this plant, the good thing about this pot is you can put it in a bigger tree fern pot when the plant outgrown its pot, so no need to disturb the roots.

    I repotted a few catts two months ago when they are in bud and did not cut off the spike, big mistake. The bud did not make it to bloom, and the plants were in deep distress. The only smooth repotting I had is when they are growing new pbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera
    Uncasteeb: I was wondering about s/h; if the plants liked it, it certainly wouldn't need repotted very often. What do you think about trying a transfer to s/h between blossoms? Does your have more than one spike?
    Second spike is just starting to bud.
    s/h for Psycho's seems to be a bit hit or miss.
    Basically my plants get highish light & intermediate temps all year(growroom with HPS system & g/h in the warmer months) & i think this plays a bigger part in the culture than the medium.
    If you decide to change to s/h i would wait until a new PB is pushing out new roots , this should be the optimum time for changing over.

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    Thanks guys for the good advice--I will wait until I see lots of new roots before wanting to repot these guys. May be a while if temperature is a determining factor because it's definitely cool here; still around 45 at night and days in the 70s.

    Good. I can be lazy and not do anything. Well, I might water....:-)

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    Psy's are the most fussy of all the orchids I have about repotting. Lava rock is really great - so clay pellets should be fine too. Just make sure the pot is deep enough so nothing sits in water that doesn't want to. Mine are a lava-pellet mix and seem happy. These are slow to start, but once happy, they are just about non-stop. (except the aurea, which seems to be more sensitive..)

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    Another good thing for me to remember when the time comes--I'm using those pot in a pot with a gauge s/h pots, and they are kind of shallow.

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    Is there any trick to blooming these guys? I have a papillio and a Mendenhall and neither of them will bloom for me. Aaron

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    Quote Originally Posted by grubea
    Is there any trick to blooming these guys? I have a papillio and a Mendenhall and neither of them will bloom for me. Aaron
    Wait it out!

    My mendenhall is growing larger and larger. It just finished with a new growth and a spike and now it's growing another psuedobulb. I dont want to repot it with all the horror stories. Its in a plastic pot too.

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