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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Bill Shook, Sep 22, 2023.

  1. Bill Shook

    Bill Shook New Member

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    Hi, I became interested in Orchid.jpg Orchids when I was gifted one from the local supermarket, since then I rescued 4 more from the clearance rack. I have one that has developed 13 leaves and threatens to pull it's self out of the pot and two more plants 9 and ten leaves on them. Is this normal and should i repot them? any ideas please.
  2. LepanthesSalad

    LepanthesSalad Member

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    Wow, that would look so good mounted although it then requires to be watered more often.
    You should post this on “hybrids” rather than here in “introduce yourself” so more people see your thread!
    Welcome to the forum
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    That is totally normal for some plants. Generally there are two types of growth. This one is a monopodial type which translates to one foot. It continues to grow, adding more leaves to the original growth and has one root system. It can form side growths over time. The other type is called sympodial and it has a growth that forms its own root system. Each mature growth produces eyes that can sprout to form another growth(s) that will mature, flower and when ready will produce a new growth.

    Whether is needs to be repotted is another question. If the bark is still firm and roots are healthy in the medium it could wait. Looking at your bark, it may have started to break down so there is less air space between the pieces and it may not dry enough. You can see if the plant wobbles in the pot which would indicate that the roots may not be healthy.
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