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Old 05-06-2016, 10:55 AM
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Repotting my orchids

This is sort of like the cobbler finally making shoes for his kids. I give advice to many orchid amateurs about re-potting their orchids but failed to do mine. Well, I finally got around to doing a grand repotting and was shocked at what I found. Most of my inside/outside orchids had many rotten roots and their survival is questionable. Many of my cym's were sitting in very dense soil from the break down of the fir bark I had them in. Of course their were many rotten roots there also. I think most of these will survive although some of the divisions may fail.
The moral of the story, if your going to have an orchid hobby, or any gardening hobby,you should pay more attention to your plants. Don't put off the chores that make for a healthy plant. It's very expensive to have to replace your favorite plants
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Absolutely agree. Consistency of care is extremely important.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:34 AM
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Hard way to be reminded of that very important task. I'm sure most will come back but the whole thing is a bummer.

I think you should do some orchid shopping to help lift your spirits.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:32 AM
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Thanks Katrina. I just might do that. LOL
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I hope all of them will survive for you. I had been putting all my new orchids in LECA and just recently discovered that all but the Phrag absolutely hated it (the LECA moves around too much). All my orchids but for those mounted and the Phrag are now in red lava rock, set back but ready to recover.
It happens.
I agree with Katrina. Buy yourself a few new ones.
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I tried LECA a few years ago and had the same problem. I now use lava rock in all my mixes and am hoping for better results all around.. I haven 't tired potting in only lava rock. Might get one of those cheap Trader Joe's orchids and give it a try.
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It probably depends on the orchid whether it will like lava rock. I grow a bunch of the Cattleya family and orchids that like the same conditions so the rock really makes them happy. I could never imagine growing the Phrag in red lava rock as it would want more moisture than I would be willing to give it in the rock. :|
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