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Out of control roots

This is a discussion on Out of control roots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; hello everyone! I got a Blc. yesterday. it came in a 3" pot. But it ...

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    Question Out of control roots

    hello everyone!

    I got a Blc. yesterday. it came in a 3" pot. But it has overgrown its pot by I would say a couple of inches. So much that I don't think she would fit in a 4 inch pot. the problem is that all these roots have established themselves as aerial, all around the 3 " pot. I know that if I reppot to a larger one, all the established roots will choke, right?
    I guess my question is.. What do I do??


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    put the pot that the plant is in into another pot and put the potting medium between the two.Do this but keep the orginal higher so as to keep some of the roots in the air.

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    I have had some success with my wild - root catts by slowly covering the aerial roots. I take some damp sphag and lay it over the highest roots. Next watering I add another bit of sphag to the next lower roots, etc. etc. After about 6 - 8 weeks I find I can re-pot the plant with the roots under the bark (my preferred medium). Key is to just lay the sphag on gently, don't wrap, don't "tuck it in" - sort of like air layering. As long as the top roots are looking okay under their little sphag shawls, you know you are doing okay.

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    I treat mine if overgrown and not large enough to divide the same as orchid-man suggested . Gin

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