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Old 09-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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HELP Den. crocatum x sib ("Wake" x Hsinying)

I am loving this orchid more and more, but worry about it's eventual size.

Anyhoo, there was moss on top of the medium, the orchid was tight in the 4" pot and I worried about the roots. So I took it out of the pot and to my delight the roots were packed solid in and around the medium, very white and healthy.

So I repotted, and made mistakes all along the way. My bark mix was too large, and, I repotted just the way it should not be done. This morning I am tackling repotting again. and I am putting it in a larger terra cotta pot.

I am afraid to break those healthy roots as they are so intertwined, healthy, and happy. Now I want to put it in this vase but backfill with moss. What I read in my Understanding Orchids book is No backfilling. But, can I get away with this as the spaces around the square pot roots in a round clay pot be okay?

I am thinking, clay pot, moss, roots layered in. Will the clay be okay as it wicks away the moisture and salts?
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Ha! You must have had a lot to talk about with that vendor.

Did you consider putting the root mass into a container of water to soak the medium away from the roots? If I am going to go to the trouble of re-potting, I like to get as much new medium around the roots as I can. I find that I get a better spurt of new growth when I do that.

I get that you like to use moss, which I avoid like the plague, but I think the "fresh medium" theory still holds.
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No I did not use more medium, Yes I did soak. The roots were like one big happy bowl of spaghetti and would not come apart, though some of the bark did fall out.

The orchid is in bloom and has some nodules that look like blooms coming. I put in a barely big enough clay pot with about 1/4 inch of moss around. I am hoping that the clay pot will wick away the water and salts. That's what I read about clay pots. I will eventually go all clay pots as I can make them in my pottery studio.
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That's a lovely orange den! I am like fishmom, I try to avoid using moss.

But if it works for you, that's good then

My dens love being in a more open bark mix, big chunks not a problem either and I raise the bottom end just lightly resting it on top of the media, staking it to help the plant stand till it gets its footing. I keep the container smaller, so it dries up faster. I have used bark mix, or just straight hydroton rocks, or some with marbles, and it does not seem to bother the plant, as long as they get good watering and allowed to dry.
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