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Old 05-27-2013, 08:29 PM
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need your repotting advice-my Den and Catt

Hello everyone,
I'm in the process of trying to determine which of my orchids are due for a repot this year. I have one Catt and one Den that I would like your repotting advice of, please.

Both orchids are in 4" pots, medium is mostly hydroton-but a very small amount of bark and charcoal, as well. It has been 2 years since either has been repotted.

The Catt roots have gotten unruly, as you can see, otherwise the medium seems to be ok for now.

The Den roots are small and confined to the inside of the pot. A newer growth on the left is beginning to grow small roots and slightly against the pot, as you can also see.

I feel that both would enjoy a fresh medium change, but I don't want to rock the boat.

I would appreciate your advice and comments, as well...
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My advice on the Catt is if it is happy, don't rock the boat. If it continues to grow several pseudobulbs past the edge of the pot, you can separate the leading growth and hope for new growth from the back bulbs.

I will leave it to others to give advice on the Den.

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If the den were mine, I would re-pot. You have some new growth and new roots starting, and that is a good time to re-pot. Also, it looks like some of the roots at the top may be dried out, and if they are no longer viable, they could be removed.

My dens usually respond with more new growth when I repot.
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I would divide the den and repot in smaller containers, they like it snug, so roots dry out fast.
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I agree with trev, dendrobium roots like it snug, so when you repot, pick as small a
pot as will hold the roots. They will grow and bloom better.
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Catt Mandu

The Catt does seem happy, so I'll leave it as is and worry about the unruly roots later.
Thank your for your advice,
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My advice on the Catt is if it is happy, don't rock the boat. If it continues to grow several pseudobulbs past the edge of the pot, you can separate the leading growth and hope for new growth from the back bulbs.

I will leave it to others to give advice on the Den.

Good luck!
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Thank you, so I'll repot my Den. Probably this afternoon, by the way.
I appreciate your help,
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If the den were mine, I would re-pot my Den. You have some new growth and new roots starting, and that is a good time to re-pot. Also, it looks like some of the roots at the top may be dried out, and if they are no longer viable, they could be removed.

My dens usually respond with more new growth when I repot.

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Trev, the orchid is already in a 4" pot, so I think I'll repot and depending on the size of the root system after I unpot and clean the old medium out, possibly put it in the same size that it is in.

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Hi,
As I just mentioned to Trev, the orchid is already in a 4" pot. I'll just have to determine if it can be repotted into the same size after I take a look at the roots. If there is some decay, I may be able to remove the bad and keep the good snug, as you advised.
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I agree with trev, dendrobium roots like it snug, so when you repot, pick as small a
pot as will hold the roots. They will grow and bloom better.
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I would go ahead and repot the catt. The newest growth is growing below the previous and your next growth will likely end up even lower...repotting now can remedy this. If you wait too much longer you will have a bit of a PITA at the repot. [I know this...because I am guilty of waiting too long to repot some of my catts]

Best bet...soak the whole thing overnight in a sink/tub of water...next day do your best to loosen those outside roots...then give the pot a good whack w/a hammer and you'll be able to get it out w/out much damage to the roots. BTW - w/mostly leca in the pot you can simply plop it into the next size pot and back fill w/more leca.

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I'm not sure where it got started, but dens don't have to be snug in a pot to grow well. While there may be some dens that like to be a bit root bound, it's not one size fits all. I'd repot both, the Catt for exactly the reason Kat gave you, and the den because it is well overgrown. You might be able to divide it and get 2 plants out if it. Both should be soaked extremely well to loosen them from their pots and make the roots more pliable.
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Thank you, Katrina. I appreciate your reply and advice.
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I would go ahead and repot the catt. The newest growth is growing below the previous and your next growth will likely end up even lower...repotting now can remedy this. If you wait too much longer you will have a bit of a PITA at the repot. [I know this...because I am guilty of waiting too long to repot some of my catts]

Best bet...soak the whole thing overnight in a sink/tub of water...next day do your best to loosen those outside roots...then give the pot a good whack w/a hammer and you'll be able to get it out w/out much damage to the roots. BTW - w/mostly leca in the pot you can simply plop it into the next size pot and back fill w/more leca.

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