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Old 10-23-2015, 06:41 PM
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SHOULD IT REPOT THIS Dendrobium kingianum

I JUST GOT THIS Dendrobium kingianum in the mail yesterday it was ordered a month ago and because it was mailed so late I was sent a medium size potted plant instead of a bare root small plant
it was potted in straight sag-gum moss most of my other plants are in lava rock
should I re-pot it now wait for spring or just leave it till it out growhe pot in a few years ?
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Old 10-23-2015, 06:57 PM
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No, let it fill the pot, they love to be really crowded as per this more mature plant.
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Yes, they do like to be crowded, but I wouldn't leave it in sphagnum moss in cool, moist Oregon. It will take a long time to dry between waterings, so the watering cycle will be very different from your other plants. That's just me, though; I haven't had very good results with straight sphag. If you are worried about moisture, you could mix a bit in with your lava rock.
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i took it out of the pot and the root tips are green so I think I will repot it into lava rock , which is taking a long time to dry so the moss never will
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I reppotted it into a 3" net pot with straight lava rock in this weather the lava rock has been staying damp for almost a week daytime humidy outside has been 50% nighttime 98%
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I think you made a good move.

I'm also surprised that your lava rock is staying moist so long. It sounds like an ideal situation for your growing conditions.
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They do well in the rock or LECA in the colder climates. I moved mine to LECA right away as the bark would have made a quick end of it here in Ohio.
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I think you made the right decision. Good luck with the plant.
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the humidly has been 65% during the day and 97+% at night , it rained last week and my paved driveway is still damp
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Those conditions just beg for an open medium.
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it gets drier in the summer but still averages 65%, but it is easy to water them even if it is daily I water my other tropical at least once a day during the summer and it is only about 50% in my house when I bring them inside at night during the winter
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I've hit three kingianum 2 in a bark mix the third in lava rock. They'd all be in lava rock but just too lazy to repot and plus they're very happy. But the one thing I will say is I'm surprised they are calling that a medium sized kingianum. That's pretty tiny. The one Anton's showing is what I'd call a good sized medium kingianum so be prepared for lots of growing!


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I have one about the size on Mickey's and two a bit bigger , all in bark and doing ok. Was told by vendors that they were blooming size. Hard to believe.
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My first two kingianums (the ones that didn't like temperatures below 40'F) were smaller in size of individual growths and were definitely blooming size (they bloomed). They were described as smaller-sized by the vendor. These have been extensively hybridized which probably explains the difference.
I wish it was easier to find the different varieties....
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They do flower at a small size, I have seen some pretty tiny plants flower.

Mine grow down to 30 to 32F for short periods in winter in the open air with no problems.

I guess it may depend what part of Australia they come from though.
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