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Old 07-01-2018, 03:44 PM
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2 years of looking the other way...and this pot is jam packed out of control. its potted in one of those pots from lowes, like 6-7"...


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it had a small net pot over the bottom hole for additional drainage. I had to cut it out... butter my devil said to whack it hard! so I did...

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I cut the net pot out, and thought about what to do...to take the backbulbs for another plant or use a bigger pot.


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the big clay pot, and using a 5" net pot for additional drainage, I potted on!

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I had to 'trim a bit', lol, but I got that baby tucked in

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its too heavy to hang, so I put in on the benches and put it on pot 'feet' just to make sure it drained well, and all done

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I always put the butt end of the plant against the wall of the pot, with the new growth towards the middle...I hope to get maybe 3 years without potting!

oh, and physan all cuts and cutters!
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Old 07-01-2018, 03:58 PM
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I wanted to give the c. dupreana a new home, but as I removed it from the pot, it divided itself, so it went back into 6" pots...

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I have another monster, Lucille, so I did it the same as for leo....

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time will tell how these two do....both have new growths about half grown, and Lucille has two new leads forming...a 6" pot just won't do....
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Ouch!
Sometimes it is just easier to start over, isn't it? With some of my other plants being finicky about roots, I have a psychological barrier to removing/harming healthy roots even if it seems like it would be soooo much easier than painstakingly picking off all the bark (I hate bark).

I use 'plastic baskets'/net pots to pot up my orchids as I can just drop them into larger ones (yeah, the lazy way). I was using red lava rock but then I got a Catt. aclandiae in a pot with no medium but for a single cork and it started a trend. I have a few Cattleyas and other orchids in the basket pots with no medium. :0 They are doing well but I will probably add some rock just to make it practical to take them to an OS meeting in the future.

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Looks good! I am sure they will all do fine for you.
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I am mostly worried about drainage, leafmite….cutting good roots is necessary sometimes...and if done cleanly, they don't miss a beat me....I need some 8" and 10" old orchid pots, I keep wishing for the pot fairy to drop some off on me! the ones I used today are 12", HUGE, but all I had....I think those monsters can handle it!
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I hope you find those orchid pots that you need. Clay pots are not as common as they once were and I haven't seen any of the really large slotted ones that I once used for my large Cattleyas in the early days (sold as azalea pots).

Roots. I do know you are right. My first orchids were Phal-type Dendrobiums bought as rootless, leafless single green canes with a tag tied onto the cane. Then the first Cattleyas were all bought from a florist and all that was left of them were green back-bulbs. Next, I progressed to nearly dead single-bulb Oncidiums found at a local greenhuose, all roots dead, of course. All of them put out new growths, new roots and all but one Cattleya eventually rewarded me with blooms. Don't worry, I know you are definitely the logical one here.

I confess that I like a challenge. For a time, it has been said that roots die after potting, especially when transferred to a different medium and, well, that intrigued me. :0

Have you discovered that some other types of plants do not fare well if their roots are disturbed after they have reached a certain size? I have encountered a few that, no matter how careful, they just slowly die after a re-pot. I do know how to pot plants but...ugh.
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