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Old 02-03-2013, 05:20 PM
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Does anyone repot their new acquisitions right away into s/h, wait, or repot in the same medium? I was just keeping them in the same medium but then I decided I needed to repot the ones that look like they have broken down medium into s/h...I took only the ones that look to be in growth mode, that have new roots coming in but I have to admit I'm really nervous about losing the brand new plant (since I'm new to both orchids and s/h I feel like I'm really venturing outside the box).... Am I being too much of a daredevil?

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That's how you learn.

Whenever I get new babies, I usually repot them. That way I can look at the roots and make sure there are no problems. As far s/h goes, I only use that with one of my Dens.

My collection is mostly Bulbo's, Masdies, Restrepia. With a few Phal, Paph, Den, Cym, Onc, and such. Since I live up North and don't use lights or any heating elements the s/h doesn't do well for me. Others will chime in who have a lot of experience with s/h.

For the most part I use different sizes of orchiata or I mount them.

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I almost always repot new orchids if I am using a bark type medium. As for S/H, generally you want to wait for new growth before repotting.
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I always re-pot with new media for fear of little buggies getting in my collection. It's also a good time to check out the roots.

Hopefully someone will discuss S/H more.
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Re: new acquistions


When I first started growing in S/H, I repotted everything to LECA right away.

Sometimes this worked and sometimes not.

As I gained more experience, I followed the advice to move to S/H once there is new growth, new roots.

I had much more success repotting when there is new growth.


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I repot new arrivals so I can inspect the roots. I have one Den in s/h and from my experience with it, do it when there is visible new growth of roots. The older roots not being used to the set-up will eventually die, but the new ones growing will take its place and thrive in the new media. I am still cautious with s/h, my collection is small..so have to choose really well which ones to put in that set-up. I like s/h no chance to overwater it, and especially good during the hot summer months. Still learning how it goes this winter.

Now repotting with mixed bark, I made the mistake before of not repotting one Phal, too afraid to touch it since it was in bloom for 6 months. By the time I repotted, I guess I did not transiton it gradually from pure sphag moss to mixed bark, should have watered it a bit more or dunked it..the plant died..sadly..anyhow..a learning curve.
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