Orchids forum: Take out or leave???

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Nov 26, 2016 11:20 AM CST
Ok, you all-wise and all-knowing Orchid Poo-Bahs here...............This is an orchid that my uncle had. When it was done blooming he gave it to my sister. After she had it a few months, she said "you might as well take it, if anyone can get it to bloom again, you probably can". I've had it for 2 years and it has not bloomed. I just set the pot in one of those orchid baskets. Yesterday I saw that it's got roots growing out of the pot and they are already adhered to it. Should I just leave it as it is, and keep doing what I have been? It seems to be happy there, other than the refusal to bloom. Sorry, no tag on it.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Nov 26, 2016 11:35 AM CST
Oooh, nice fat Orchid ya got there Anna! I can't offer advice though ... I'm far, far from being an all-wise Orchid Pooh-Bah or even a junior, somewhat-wise Orchid Poo-Bah. Green Grin!
With any advice I'd try to offer, that plant would be toast for sure. My few orchids just sit and rarely ever bloom because I never think to feed them, or rather, I do think about it and then I seemed to get sidetracked. *Blush*
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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Nov 26, 2016 2:38 PM CST
well...I did not go to Poo Bah school...but I have slept in a Holiday Inn...
If it were mine I would repot it up a size. I wouldn't worry about it not blooming as many plants sulk
after their conditions change.
I can't really tell from the photo if this is a bi-foliate Catt. if so, they ARE picky about being transplanted
so you would only do that if you see lots of good new root activity. I have 2 plants that are massive that I
got in 2011 as seedlings, but spent 3 years in Miami as 'Free Range Orchids' under my sister's oak tree. It
puts out tons of new growth but has yet to bloom Confused ..Your's looks very happy and healthy..great
color and a nice robust pot of leaves.
Name: Elaine
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Nov 26, 2016 4:35 PM CST
It's a beauty, Anna. Just waiting for the right time to show it's pretty face. I'd sure remove that plastic pot and as Lindsey says, pot it up a size. A good soak in water will help to loosen any roots that are attached firmly to the pot. Cut out any roots on the inside of the root ball that are brown or squishy. I like the coarse bark mix from Lowe's or HD.

My huge Catt. Chief Sweet Orange (yes, also a bifoliate) went 3 years after I potted it up before it began to bloom. But now it blooms 2 or 3 times per year for 6 weeks or so. My mistake was potting it up to a much larger pot, so it took its time to fill that pot up with roots and leaves then burst into glorious bloom.

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Nov 26, 2016 5:13 PM CST
I'll wait to see what it is before giving advise.

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Nov 26, 2016 5:57 PM CST
I'll take a better pic of it in the next couple of days, Jim. Maybe you can tell what it is then. Or not. Green Grin!

When I mount any on cork, I always cut out the dead roots. At least I have that part right.

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