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Old 04-27-2019, 12:23 PM
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Hi All, I am a new member but have been visiting/lurking this forum for awhile now. I need help. Six years ago I transferred all my Catts from clay pots to wooden baskets. I am now regretting it. The Catts growth and roots have engulfed the wooden baskets, I can no longer see the bark chip media; the roots and the basket have become one. Is it even possible to now separate the orchids/roots from the baskets and go back to clay without traumatizing my Catts? Anyone have any advice or past experience with this issue?

An idea to share with you for your input: Should I just disassemble the bottoms of the wood baskets; removing any dead roots and old media from the interior of the basket; adding in fresh media and then reconstruct bottom of basket? In this case Id use a media that cannot rot (leca pebbles, foam pellets, or similar).
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:28 PM
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You acn always use a bigger basket and put the one you have inside of it, then fill the gap with new medium.
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Old 04-27-2019, 05:46 PM
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The plant looks happy outside the basket... If you want to contain it just so that the roots don't attack you could just put in a larger basket, no medium. Clearly it doesn't need or particularly want any. Think of the basket as a three-dimensional mount. It there comes a time when everything is around the outside, the middle is dead, and you want to consolidate, you can divide the plant and either disassemble the basket or cut with a saw. but as long as you want to keep the plant together, and it is growing well, I don't think you have to do anything.
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Thanks Rbarata for the quick reply. It is in an 8 inch basket now so I think the next size would be a 10 or 12 inch. and I though it was BIG now

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Thanks Roberta for the detailed reply. It had a rough winter indoors so I was panicking that I had to get it out of the basket. It became too dry, then when I watered, some big healthy leaves would yellow and drop. It should strengthen now that it is outdoors. As you suggested, I'll likely keep it as is until the middle dies out and then take it from there.
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+1 to Roberta. It seems happy. If I were going to untangle that mess, I'd probably chop it up and divide the plant in the process - a couple back-bulbs and active bulbs to a division.
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Bombotany, thanks for the reply. Yes, that sounds like another good option. Will need to be careful sanitizing my tools but at least I'll have several plants and insurance from all of them succumbing to decline.
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