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Old 07-04-2018, 05:45 PM
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Well...when temp go really high I tend to put the plant under the humidifier water spray...
But I can't do it always...I have my work, days off, holidays and so on...
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Pot looks fine.
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Wait for new roots to be about 5cm (2 inches) long, then repot. T
This seems like a great way to break all the new roots. You should repot just as the new roots are peeking out of the new bulb, not when they're already long and easily broken.
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Or I could do it right now since it's expectable new root growing at this stage?
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Or I could do it right now since it's expectable new root growing at this stage?
Absolutely yes! Just when the new roots are starting is the ideal time... if a few of those tender green tips get damaged, there will be more to get established in the medium and the plant will hardly notice the insult. Not just my idea... learned from Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids, and he's truly IS an expert on that, and many other orchid-related subjects. Note the section on Re-Potting and Dividing Sunset Valley Orchids - Cattleya Culture
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Absolutely yes! Just when the new roots are starting is the ideal time... if a few of those tender green tips get damaged, there will be more to get established in the medium and the plant will hardly notice the insult. Not just my idea... learned from Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids, and he's truly IS an expert on that, and many other orchid-related subjects. Note the section on Re-Potting and Dividing Sunset Valley Orchids - Cattleya Culture
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This seems like a great way to break all the new roots. You should repot just as the new roots are peeking out of the new bulb, not when they're already long and easily broken.
If a person's not careful when repotting, it wouldn't matter what size the roots are, the person's gonna be snapping roots off anyways.

I've repotted Cattleyas when they've had long roots or short roots, and I've had no such problems when I was gentle and careful to repot. If there are any pieces of bark that the roots are clinging on to tightly, those are the ones I just leave alone.

When the roots are wet, it makes repotting easier and less likely that roots will snap. This is when you can carefully bend the roots to manipulate. If you're using a clay pot and the roots get stuck on the inside edges of the pot, just wet the roots thoroughly and carefully try to roll the roots off the pot. If you have a difficult time trying to remove the roots, you can re-wet the roots and try again. If they're too stuck and if you feel that you might be risking root damage, just stop.

If you're using a plastic pot, just wet the potting media down thoroughly, squeeze the pot on every side at least twice, and/or cut it open if necessary and carefully manipulate the roots. Same thing if you're using a plastic net pot.

If you're using a wooden slat basket, it is the same method as using a clay pot.

If the roots are just coming out of the rhizome, it is best not to put your fingers near that area. I've snapped off root tips by putting my fingers near newly emerging roots before. If you have to do something near this zone, you can either use a chopstick, a skewer, a pair of tweezers, a toothpick, or any appropriately sized tool to help you manipulate things around. In my opinion, this is the area you have to be the most careful with because the root tips are softer than a velamen covered root, and if the root tip(s) get snapped off, some of them might not grow back. If the root tips or even a short section of a longer root gets snapped off, it is far more likely the rest of the root will still survive and grow a new root tip later during the growing season.

Repotting can take a while, but if it is done with strategic thought, you can pretty much repot a Cattleya at any time of the year as long as the Cattleya has living roots and if you're careful enough, it would not be a problem.

The caveat being is if the Cattleya does not have a very healthy root system in place, then it is best to repot during the spring time when new growth of the roots occur if necessary. If it is not necessary, then repot during the next growing season.
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Strategic thought when repotting is definitely required and should only be done when the root buds are just starting, unless the media has soured. This is basic orchid 101 stuff here. See the tiny pimple below the new growth? Thatís the first root bud popping out and is this the perfect time to repot, which Iíll do later today.

Root bud just beginning by Stephen Van Kampen-Lewis, on Flickr
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Got another clay pot, different from the first one.
It's bigger... I added aseveral photos so that you can see its size relativeley to the plant size.
Which one do you think would be best?

And since we are talking about a new growth I thought about posting a photo.







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If you use very large bark (and don't fill it to the top) the wider pot will be OK. It is pretty large with respect to the plant for "traditional potting" , but if you let the roots pretty much run wild (as they would in a basket) with more air than medium it should be OK.
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