Friday, December 21, 2012

C. gaskelliana

This seedling from Tropical Orchid Farm started pushing out some new roots.  It was hard to evaluate the roots and state of the bark to determine whether to leave it for another year or re-pot. After taking the plant out of the pot it was apparent root health was excellent and the bark was still nice and hard with little decomposition (pic below). But at that point it was going to be difficult to get it back into its pot so I just decided to repot into an Aircone 4" pot with medium orchiata and a bit of styrofoam peanuts in the bottom - my new standard potting strategy for most plants. I hope to have all the small and moderate sized plants currently in baskets into pots by the end the next growing season, with baskets being reserved for large plants. In our hot, dry summers I think this will facilitate keeping more plants well-hydrated.

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