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Are these okay for s/h??

This is a discussion on Are these okay for s/h?? within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm in the process of purchasing (and have received some gifts) several new chids, and ...

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    Default Are these okay for s/h??

    I'm in the process of purchasing (and have received some gifts) several new chids, and I would like your opinions on repotting them in s/h when they arrive. I've already ordered new pots and Prime Agra, as well as a root booster.

    The first three are already here. And they're mature (and huge). They are blc. Owen Holmes 'Mendenhall X blc. Plum Pretty ' Black Magic. Right now they're in 5 1/2 " pots, but I've ordred 6 1/2 " s/h pots I'd like to try them in.

    Next is Wilsonara Pacific Passage 'Rocket Burst." This is a compot. They are currently in a 3 1/4 inch pot and are about 10 inches high. There are nine plants in this tiny pot, so they will have to be separated and repotted. I'm thinking one or two per new 3 1/4 inch s/h pot.

    Next is Zygonisia Cynosure 'Blue Birds' orchid blooming size. The breeding is Aganisia cyanea x Zygopetalum Skippy Ku. These are likely to bloom within a year. They have at least three pseudobulbs with a good root structure. The leaves are roughly a foot long. The grower is going to repot this one prior to shipping, so I'm thinking maybe I should just leave well enough alone, unless it's in sphag (which will have to go).

    And finally, Paph wardii, large seedling. This plant is a large seedling, probably two years from first blooming, and is in a tall 2.25 inch pot with a leaf span of about 10 inches or so.

    If I should go ahead with s/h for these (any or all), can I use a systemic treatment such as Bayers in the water, to avoid any problems? Is this even necessary in s/h? And if so, what type do you guys recommend. Same question for feeding. I am currently using Miracle Grow.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have. I want to be ready when they arrive next week.

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    Anne, this sounds exciting! I am sure you will get some answers here, but in the mean time, why not PM Becky and ask her directly. She is very experienced with semi-hydro. She has not been around a lot lately, but would get your PM through e-mail and I know she would love to help. Good luck!

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    Thanks Bruce. I will definitely give her a holler!! And it is exciting. I can't wait for it all to arrive (and bloom in a few years). The paph wardii has such pretty foliage!! I'll take photos when they all get here.

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    i would think the paph would do especially well in S/H.

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