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Old 08-29-2013, 01:16 PM
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Talking Is an orchid ever too large for s/h?

Hi Everyone!!! Question!

I just got a specimen Phrag Appalachian Sunset. Right now it's in bloom, but I'm thinking of repotting into s/h as soon as it finishes blooming. However, I was wondering, it looks like its been in it's current medium for a really long time (it has 30 growths and is in an 8" plastic pot). It looks to be in some combination of bark and sponge rock (hard to tell as it seems to be compacted). Does it matter how large an orchid is (or how many roots it has)? Just a little nervous about tranferring such a large plant. I've had great success with all of my other chids but just want to be careful with this one!!

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Just to be safe I would re pot into same medium, such a spectacular specimen.
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That's a very pretty and happy looking plant..I would agree with Andrewbird.

I guess am just a bit too cautious, but it is up to you.
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Hi Trev/Andrewbird...

Yes..I'm a bit nervous about making such a big switch too. I think I will repot it in something similar to what its in now. I've never repotted such a big orchid. 6" is as big as I've done so it should be interesting, LOL....

Thanks for your input!!
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I agree on keeping it in the same type medium for such a large plant. So you don't kill off roots.
Also, can you please tell me what phal that is in your profile pick... is Bellina alba? I have to have it!
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I agree on keeping it in the same type medium for such a large plant. So you don't kill off roots.
Also, can you please tell me what phal that is in your profile pick... is Bellina alba? I have to have it!
Hi There
yes...thats a Bellina Alba (the label says Phal Violacea Alba)...It's beautiful and smells heavenly. It's a first time bloomer with two spikes..one with 5 flowers and the other with two...expecting more next year!!

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The main issue I think would be getting all the existing media out of the roots of such a large plant before going into the SH. Anything left will rot and may cause issues.

Why not take off a division and put that in SH and leave the rest as it is?

But otherwise, yes large plants will do just fine in SH - normal qualifications excepting.
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The main issue I think would be getting all the existing media out of the roots of such a large plant before going into the SH. Anything left will rot and may cause issues.

Why not take off a division and put that in SH and leave the rest as it is?

But otherwise, yes large plants will do just fine in SH - normal qualifications excepting.
WOW!! What a great idea!! Now why didn't I think of that
With such a big plant a few growths less for a division will not make too much of a difference and I can have my cake and eat it too!!!! Thanks so much for that great suggestion!!


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RE: Is an orchid every too large for S/H?

Hi,

I have several orchids, mostly Cattleyas, Angraecums, and Dendrobiums growing in S/H pots of size 10", 12", and 14".

Thus far, I haven't had an issue with moving to larger S/H pots when needed.

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