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Old 01-02-2016, 01:17 PM
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Oncidium health/repotting

Hey again!

I know how to repot orchids and I've even grown one mounted before, but I'm not so good with discerning an orchids condition.

Does this need to be repotted? I didn't look like it suffered much damage in shipping, but I haven't watered it since I received it a few days ago.

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What a nice looking plant! Personally, I would repot it just to see what the roots are like that are hidden in the small pot. If you are worried about the blooms and you have plenty of humidity to maintain the exterior roots, it probably won't hurt it to wait a while, but I like to do it right away just because I am curious to see the whole thing. Clearly, the plant is happy or it wouldn't have bloomed so beautifully, and the roots showing look healthy.
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I've seen aerial roots before, but this is just out of control. What's the game plan here? I got pot about 50% bigger than this one with some orchid bark mix. I've also got mixed information on when to repot. I heard it done around the start of new growth, but that also might cause bloom drop.
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Yep, that's a lot of roots. There could be a number of reasons, but I'm thinking the plant has been in the pot for a while, maybe the medium has deteriorated so some of the roots there were lost, the new roots found their moisture in the atmosphere where the plant was grown. As I said before, I would repot, carefully, and hope that the blooms didn't drop.
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Old 01-03-2016, 04:21 AM
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I guess I've done worse "repottings" before, but this one was surprisingly hard. It was potted in pure LFS and the roots had overgrown and wrapped around the pot. I had to cut it off.

On the bright side, root damage seemed minimal, but I'm pretty sure the change in media is going to send it right back into shock.
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Looks good - nice illustrations of process too! It should do fine.....
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Just quick update, I cut half of the spike since it decided to kick the bucket. The region was actually damaged in shipping, but I think it gave up after getting repotted. One smaller pseudobulb is slightly wrinkled, but I assume that's because the humidity isn't ideal anymore. That said, everything else looks fine.

https://i.gyazo.com/ded5df1b504a92bb...09008b0457.png I have no idea what that is, but I'm assuming this dew/sap is normal?

And finally, how long do these blooms usually last? I obviously expected them to dry up after some time, but I guess the new ones are coming out much, much slower.

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