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Old 11-12-2009, 03:37 PM
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potting advice, please

Hello,
Could you tell me what I should do with this orchid, if anything, please? The tag reads: TRCTM (Maureen x Haematochilum) Red Mule Ear Type. I bought it a few months ago and it has grown well since. It is a healthy plant with many new roots. I have been thinking lately about mounting it, but I don't want to do anything to hinder it's good health. Should I:
1.) Leave it as it is?
2.) Repot it in a larger pot now...preferable plastic?
3.) Repot it in a larger pot during active growing, which I gather is Spring/Summer?
4.) Mount it...now or when?
5.) Another option?
I would appreciate your advice,
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:41 PM
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I think I'd wait for active growing (I'm still fairly new at this though) before you change what it's doing.
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To me it looks like it can use some repotting. As far as mounting, I'm not an expert or even close to that, so I'm sure someone will be along to advise you on that. If I were repotting, you could certainly do it now. There is mixed view on burying the aerial roots, some do it some don't. Either way works, it depends on you. As far as pots go, many use clear pots so they can keep an eye on the roots. I'm not real familiar with your orchid and what it's culture is, so again, I will defer to someone with knowledge on it.Don't know if I helped you any or not.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:31 PM
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Yes Synda, you helped me a lot. Thank you. I'm glad that you didn't advise that I should definitely mount it because, actually, I've not had much experience with mounting. I initially wanted to give it a shot, but I've decided that I really need to learn more about how to do it because I felt like I had two left hands when I have tried in the past. Now that I have read your reply, I plan to repot it now ("now" meaning in the next few days....as soon as I can soak some medium). I don't know how comfortable I would feel burying the aerial roots, but then on the other hand, I'm wondering if potting them up would be beneficial to the plant's growth (I tend to lean on the burying them side, as I think more about it). I haven't decided on which type of pot to use. I know both plastic and clay have their pros and cons.
Thank you again...I appreciate your help,
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To me it looks like it can use some repotting. As far as mounting, I'm not an expert or even close to that, so I'm sure someone will be along to advise you on that. If I were repotting, you could certainly do it now. There is mixed view on burying the aerial roots, some do it some don't. Either way works, it depends on you. As far as pots go, many use clear pots so they can keep an eye on the roots. I'm not real familiar with your orchid and what it's culture is, so again, I will defer to someone with knowledge on it.Don't know if I helped you any or not.
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Hi,
I'm quite new at this, as well.....I've only been growing less than 2 yrs. (at the expense of several plants, I'm afraid). I really wish I knew enough about orchids to help someone else, but I know that would be a very long way down the road, if ever.
I do appreciate your advice.....
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