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Treefern Potting Question

This is a discussion on Treefern Potting Question within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I very much like the look of the treefern pots, but wonder how it would ...

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    CattleyaObsessed is offline Junior Member
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    Default Treefern Potting Question

    I very much like the look of the treefern pots, but wonder how it would be possible to divide the plant when it has outgrown it.

    Is it best to only put seedlings in these kinds of mounts so that there is no need to move the plant for 6-8 years? It seems like since the roots can/ will grow into the pot itself, that it would be dangerous to try to move the plant since you can damage the roots. So how then can you divide the plant?

    Thank you in advance!

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    I just had to remove a Bulbo from its treefern slab...cutting roots in the process. I think a lot of the problem with treefern has to do with water quality. My mounts seemed to be collecting excessive amounts of mineral deposits. Hopefully someone more experienced chimes in here with more thorough advice!
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    I have some orchids growing in tree fern pots, none have outgrown the pots yet but some are close, to transplant to a new pot I would just put the old one into a newer larger one, to divide I think I would use a saw, I've had a few that came out with some root loss, but for the ones that have really taken to the fern I would rather risk sawing a few roots then trying to free the plant and losing all roots. Some orchids really take off in tree fern and some I notice no difference then growing in a potting mix. I have not noticed the mineral deposits like Jason mentioned but I have heard other comments about it, which may have to do with water quality.

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