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Old 08-05-2022, 03:17 PM
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I've had a small cymbidium out on my covered patio (Northern California, zone 9b) for a couple years now not growing very much. The potting medium in the plastic pot was old and had some grassy weeds starting to grow in it so I figured I should repot it. There weren't very many roots at all left, like maybe one or two short questionable (but not squishy)ones and maybe one nub starting to grow. I left all the old bulbs on. I repotted it a couple weeks ago in what I know now to be crappy orchid mix from a box store in a terracotta slotted orchid pot, put it in a fairly shady spot and watered it a little twice a week.

It was starting to look dry so I did some reading and realized I probably made a mistake in my repotting considering how much moisture they need and how damaged it's roots are. I think it's been way too dry with just bark in a terracotta pot in our hot weather (we've been consistently in the upper 80s-low 90s) with lowish humidity.

I've ordered some nice long strand spagnum moss and some decent bark which will arrive today. I've unpotted it and gave it a really good watering making sure to remove any additional debris or rotting roots I missed last time. I currently have it in a shaded protected area on my patio resting on a bed of crumpled damp paper towels in a plastic pot within a pot sort of a version of The Orchid Girl's ICU.

So should I continue with the ICU idea using the spagnum moss once it arrives? Or just pot it up now using the moss and bark? I'm think I should use a well-drained plastic pot instead of terracotta.

Thank you for any advice you can give me!
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Old 08-05-2022, 09:47 PM
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Cyms don't need sphagnum. I use plain old (cheap) small bark with some perlite. Actually, even the crappy orchid mix is likely OK... it tends to retain water, which is what you want. At this point, just keep watering, don't repot it again... we're getting pretty late in the season for Cym repotting. but still a good time for growing. Heat is fine. Cyms basically don't care. Just enough shade to take the edge off the noonday sun. It likely will surprise you... If there was a root nubbin, it's starting to grow. This is the season (if a little late, depending on whether it is an early bloomer or later bloomer)
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Definitely doesn't need a slotted terra cotta pot. Cymbs like LOTS of water and fertilizer. It's likely been kept too dry. Don't let it dry out, and it should really take off.
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It doesn't need ICU, just cheap bark, plastic pot, and lots of water. It grows more like a terrestrial than epiphyte, so don't treat it like a Phalaenopsis!
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