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Default Un-tangeling Cym root ball

I need to re-pot this Cym. The reason is obvious. How in the world do I un-tangle this mess>
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I am having this same problem!! I was told to cut the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 of the roots off. Goes against everything we know about orchids, but apparently Cyms need this done. After the cutting is done it will hopefully make things easier. I haven't done mine yet, though. I am dividing mine, so I have to wait for pots.
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For lack of any better ideas, I would personally soak it in lukewarm water for 20 minutes and then use my fingers to gently tease the roots apart while it's underwater in a bucket.

I'm also interested to see how others tackle this time consuming task!
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AmandaL: That's major surgery to me....Ouch!!

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Yes, major surgery indeed. I might have to hold back tears while I cut my roots, all the while apologizing to my cym! Good Luck and let us know how it goes!
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For lack of any better ideas, I would personally soak it in lukewarm water for 20 minutes and then use my fingers to gently tease the roots apart while it's underwater in a bucket.

I'm also interested to see how others tackle this time consuming task!
I do it the same way as you suggested, then trim dead roots off. I think if you cut the bottom off the root ball, you leave it open to rot more easily.
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cyms can take a surprising amount of ferocity...and i have to get ferocious with mine on occasion....i cut off the bottom half of the root ball, and slice thru the roots on 3-4 sides, then detangle whats left and repot in a deep pot...they will fill the pot with new roots shortly and need to have new media to feed on...i use a sharp machete...gl
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Well, that indeed is major surgery. I still have mine lying on the deck right where they were photographed, drying out. Tomorrow I will attemp some form of surgery and get it re-potted. Will a Phalonopsis mix work for the potting medium?
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I am having this same problem!! I was told to cut the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 of the roots off. Goes against everything we know about orchids, but apparently Cyms need this done. After the cutting is done it will hopefully make things easier. I haven't done mine yet, though. I am dividing mine, so I have to wait for pots.
Good Luck. I'm sure CymLadye will chime in with help. She is the resident expert.
Cymladye gave me the same advice when I was repotting last year. I did it and the plant didn't miss a beat. Seems just as happy
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Well, I did it. I cut about 1/3rd off the root ball and un-tangled the rest. It was full of old moss. Should I trim off some more of the roots or go ahead and re-pot?All I have to re-pot it in is some Phal Mix.
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