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 Post subject: Repotting between baskets?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:41 pm 
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Well... I know this is mainly a Phal. forum, but I thought asking couldn't hurt.

I recently bought a Rhynchostylis coelestis, whichis growing in a black plastic basket. Before it was delivered (I thought it was going to be bare-rooted) I bought a nicer basket of tropical wood, which I thought I'd use.

Well... here's the dilemma. I could cut away the old basket easily enough... but how to I get all of the roots into the new one?

I thought I'd soften them up by first watering the plant. But I'm sure lots of them would brake if I'd try bending them into the new basket. How much would the plant survive losing? Will it make new roots to replace old lost ones? How quickly would they grow?

Haven't had this type of orchid before, so I'm sort of lost here. Growing without planting medium seems... strange. And the roots are sort of part of the beauty of the plant as well. I wouldn't want an almost rootless one.

Any experiences/advice/suggestions? Is it better off if I'd just let it be?


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 Post subject: Re: Repotting between baskets?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:43 pm 
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I would soak the roots in a bucket of water. AFter a few minutes - you will find the roots are easier to bend and fit in your new basket. I do this with my Vanda when I have time so that I don't walk into their long roots.

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peterlin wrote:
I would soak the roots in a bucket of water. AFter a few minutes - you will find the roots are easier to bend and fit in your new basket. I do this with my Vanda when I have time so that I don't walk into their long roots.


Thanks. How long of a soak would you suggest?

I water it about every other day. It gets to soak for about 20 minutes. I'm planning on giving it fertilizer about once a week during summer. And I spray it with water (1-2 times during the day) the days it doesn't get watered.

I need to read up. I actually wanted a Vanda since they're more like Phalaenopsis in appearance, but most of them tend to get HUGE. I don't really have the room, or the light. So I thought a smaller and relatively tolerant relative would do :)


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Rhaen wrote:
Thanks. How long of a soak would you suggest?

I water it about every other day. It gets to soak for about 20 minutes. I'm planning on giving it fertilizer about once a week during summer. And I spray it with water (1-2 times during the day) the days it doesn't get watered.

I need to read up. I actually wanted a Vanda since they're more like Phalaenopsis in appearance, but most of them tend to get HUGE. I don't really have the room, or the light. So I thought a smaller and relatively tolerant relative would do :)


Long enough so the roots will turn bright green. In this state they have soak up as much water as they can, and they will be flexible.

To water Vanda correctly, you would do it twice. Water it once to break water tension - wait a few minutes and water them again. IN a greenhouse - this is what I do. But one day I wish to setup a misting nozzle per basket...and just let the mist run for 5 minutes twice a day.

If you don't have room, look into getting small compact intergentic hybrid between Rhy and Phalaenopsis. I was quite amazed to see the choices of color we have now.

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peterlin wrote:
If you don't have room, look into getting small compact intergentic hybrid between Rhy and Phalaenopsis. I was quite amazed to see the choices of color we have now.


How are their growth habits? Like Vanda, or like Phalaenopsis? Or does that depend on the individual plant and what traits in inherits?


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Rhaen wrote:
peterlin wrote:
If you don't have room, look into getting small compact intergentic hybrid between Rhy and Phalaenopsis. I was quite amazed to see the choices of color we have now.


How are their growth habits? Like Vanda, or like Phalaenopsis? Or does that depend on the individual plant and what traits in inherits?


Yes, it depends. Ones i have in mind are cross between Doritis pulcherrima and Ascocentrum miniatum
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Doristylis Rocky Stewart (Dor. pulcherrima X Rhy. coelestis)

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash ... 6669_n.jpg

P.equestris x Rhy.coelestis


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 Post subject: Re: Repotting between baskets?
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Thank you so much! I'll check into that :)

(Or I might try doing the cross myself since I have a pulcherrima var. coerulea and Rhy coelestis 'Blue'. But that probably won't happen until next year).


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That pic of Doristylis Rocky Stewart looks awesome! So glad I got one! :D

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