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NYEric

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If I could post a picture this would kill you. Of course, just as I ran almost completely out of coconut chips, diatomite and primeagra, the Phrag. Hanne Popow that I won on eBay from John Chant arrived. And whoa, what a Hanne Popow it is. The root ball is 7" around and the plant is over 26" from roots to bud. So, and I know I'm going to win the Rube Goldberg award for this one, I put the roots in the biggest pot I had. Luckily I once bought some clear 8" pots that I thought I'd never use for phrags. I used the last [1/4" along the bottom] PrimeAgra I had, and filled the rest w/ Reptibark!!! This is only temporary so don't bust a gasket. Then for the top, the super-stolonous growth has roots and the flowering growth about 6" above the old growth. I took one of the tall clear plastic bird feeders I use for stolonous plants, removed the bottom, balanced it on top of the reptibark, assembled it around the growth and filled it to the roots w/ a mix of sphagnum, charcoal, diatomous dust, and the last of the coco-chips. If I had a picture I swear you'd die laughing. I looks like a clear version of those pots they use to warm up orchards in the cool weather. :rollhappy:
 
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As far as I know that reptibark stuff is the same bark chip that almost any "orchid mix" has in it. Did it come bare root? Why the hastey repot?
 

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John has amazing plants for the price. All the ones I've gotten from him also were quite large.
 
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I've used Reptibark for phrags and phals...its the same stuff sold for plants, just more expensive...but when you need it in a hurry, the corner Petland is a lot faster than mail order or travelling to a godforsaken Home Depot for the lowest quality bags...and I for one always prefer to receive plants bare-root...the seller has no excuse for selling a problem plant. Take care, Eric
 

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Yeah Eric you have a good point plus you can get rid of dead roots, etc. but...I would love if all new plants were shipped in clear aircones w the perfect mix of Primeagra, coconut chips charcoal and bark, after a nice soaking in R.O water w/ superthrive, Protekt, and MSU fertilizer! :smitten:
 

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NYEric said:
ridiculous contraption required by root mass:rollhappy:
I thought awhile ago, I seen Jason posting picture of very tall pots for phrags.
 
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That's a 12" dia pot on the bottom [for the roots] w/ a 12" bird feeder on top for the growth. the flower stem was sticking another 12"+ above the top of the bird feeder. I don't think Jason's pot is tall enough.
 
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I have a Jason Fischer climbing out of the pot. Must I so something like that, or can I just repot it deeper and lose a small part which is not out of the pot? I'm not sure when that will be. It just blooms,and blooms, and blooms and still has a couple of buds to go. The pot is full of roots so it definately needs repotting soon. All my phrags are in S/H and they must like it because they fill up the pot with strong roots very quickly. (I do separate the drier growing ones so they don't get watered as often.)

I love phrags but I have one problem with them....last month they were just little buggers and the next time I look they are outgrowing their space. At one time I wished for a specimen plant. Now I have so many with no space for them. Don't tell me to divide them. I don't have the heart to do that when they look so beautiful as they are.

Decisions, decisions, life is always so full of decisions...especially when one lives in a small condo with no way to expand. :confused: I have threatened to sell my bed and put a orchid bench there but unfortunately I am a sleepyhead.
 

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You can be like Heather and just get rid of plants every 2 months, [trade them for smaller stuff], or sell them. I had to treat this one weird because the stolons and new growth were so far above the large root ball. The lower growth only had one leaf so I couldn't even divide it.
 

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Grandma M said:
Decisions, decisions, life is always so full of decisions...especially when one lives in a small condo with no way to expand. :confused: I have threatened to sell my bed and put a orchid bench there but unfortunately I am a sleepyhead.
Bunk beds. You on top, new growing space below. ;)
 
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