Orchids forum: pot size

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Name: Susan
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stilldew
May 30, 2010 10:15 AM CST
My Paph. Supersuk 'Eureka' Raisinpie is just starting to open and I am wondering if it will be OK in it's current pot until the bloom is done? I've heard each flower can last up to 5 months. The plant is in a 1.75" square pot and looks like it is planted in moss with some styrofoam pieces in the bottom. I have been watering it every 2-3 days because it seems to dry out very fast. Here is a photo of the pot.

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Name: Susan
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stilldew
May 30, 2010 10:18 AM CST
Here are the roots. Overall, the plant looks pretty happy to me. I hate to distrub it too much while it is blooming, but have heard bad things about the moss. Would you suggest leaving it alone or re-potting in another media?

Editted to say, "Sorry about the dirty thumb. I've done a lot of weeding already today."

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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
May 30, 2010 4:45 PM CST
The roots are beautiful, Susan.
I buy special Paph mix for mine from Repotme.com and clay pots.
I find they don't mind being transplanted "whenever". Especially when they are going "to a better place". LOL.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
May 31, 2010 4:40 AM CST
Sound advice. I agree
Name: bree
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bree
Jul 6, 2010 2:43 PM CST
Yes id repot that up to a larger pot with bark not moss. Ive had alot of paphs sent it the mail bare rooted in bud and ive potted them up and theyve all flowered. I love paphs never had a problem with them like some other orchids.
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Jul 6, 2010 2:56 PM CST
I did go ahead and repot this paph in some of the mix from repotme.com and it is still blooming beautifully. Repotting it didn't seem to bother it at all. Thanks for the advice. I am growing really fond of the paphs and hope I will be able to get them to rebloom.
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Jul 6, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Same i love them and have found them to be the easiest for me. Can repot in bud, post in bud, i move them around in bud/flower and have never had one drop. And there flowers can last for months. They don't rot as easy as some orchids, can survive longer than you'd think dry and when all my orchids had scale, none of my paphs did and they were in the same greenhouse. If fact theyve never had a bug on them. I don't really spray them with pesticide/fungicide like my other orchids. Weird hey!
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jul 6, 2010 3:25 PM CST
Hurray! Glad you are doing so well, Susan!

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