Repotting cirr. Elizabeth Jean

osengMarch 4, 2010

I would like suggestions on how to repot my cirr. Elizabeth Jean. It is currently potted in bark, in a clay pot. New pseudobulbs usually come up around the edges, so blooms usually hang over the rim of the pot, but are covered by the leaves. Also, the center of the plant looks bald as old bulbs lose their leaves. How should I repot this orchid so its beautiful blooms will be displayed to their fullest? Thanks in advance for your help.

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orchidnick

I like them in wooden baskets with moss.

Nick

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 3:08AM
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highjack(z6 KY)

I put my Bulb. Elizabeth Ann (Buckleberry) FCC/AOS in a wire basket with sphag liner and CHC mix and hang it to display the blooms.

I have since changed to net baskets so I can sit the basket on a table until I need to hang it due to size. Because of the depth of the net pot I line it with sphag, use p'nuts to partially fill it and then a CHC mix for the media.

To get the best display, you need to pot the plant high so the new pbulbs will eventually grow over the edge so the roots can attach to the sphag.

With this method you will eventually have to hang the container or divide and repot.

Brooke

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 6:49AM
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richardol(Santa Royale CA)

I would re-pot that plant. I would take perhaps 3 or 4 leads and put them around the edge of a shallow pot or saucer in sphagnum. Point them over the edge as that is how they show off well. The spikes hang down naturally.

Send me the backbulbs if you are planning to throw them out. I'll pay shipping. Use the gardenweb email.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 11:02AM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

I agree. Baskets are a very good option for Bulbo- types as they are very apt to "wander".

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 3:18PM
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oseng

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I think I'll repot in a net basket, just like you said, Brooke, and then hang the basket up when it gets larger. I'm going to the Philadelphia Flower Show tomorrow - I'm hoping to get repotting supplies there from an orchid vendor. Will email you, richardol, when I have the backbulbs. Beautiful bulbophyllims, by the way, Brooke and richardol!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 3:26PM
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Sheila(8b SW Texas)

Brooke, that is stunning! I need one of these. I've never tried bulbos, will they handle hot weather?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 10:31PM
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highjack(z6 KY)

Thanks - most bulbos are warm growers and love moisture.

Brooke

    Bookmark   March 8, 2010 at 6:23AM
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richardol(Santa Royale CA)

I got a package in the mail today, thank you so much cerius. AND a bonus Encyclia cochleata three backbulb piece.

There are two groups of pseudobulbs, one of which has pseudobulbs with leaves. I believe there is one lead in there too.

The Encyclia is in good condition too. No roots or leaves, but it will sprout shortly.

This is a great starting point and I should be able to get many of them to sprout. I'll keep a journal.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 9:33PM
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oseng

You're welcome, Richard! Glad to know you'll be able to sprout the pbulbs. I will post pictures when my newly repotted orchid blooms next year (hopefully). I am looking forward to getting your bulbo in the mail. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 10:11AM
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