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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Wesley @ Feb. 15 2005,6:34)]It looks fairly fresh, like the moss is bright "white".
    Looks can be deciving, my friend
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    Well, I was examining it earlier this morning and I notice that a couple of the "stalks" have new leaves emerging. I think everything is going to be ok. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Wesley @ Feb. 16 2005,4:01)]Well, I was examining it earlier this morning and I notice that a couple of the "stalks" have new leaves emerging. I think everything is going to be ok. LOL
    I would still repot it into fresh soil.
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    The big commercial growers that supply chain stores ship plants when it's time to repot them. Repotting is a labor intensive process and plants typically decline a little afterwards. So, for maximum profits, things are timed so plants spike as the potting mix approaches the end of its useful life.

    And remember that the mix in the middle of the pot is always more broken down than the mix at the top. You'll sometimes find roots concentrated around the sides of the pot, with the interior being a sour dead zone. That's a risky situation. And even broken down sphagnum doesn't look very bad. Sarrs and Neps might be happy in it, but it's dangerous stuff for an orchid.
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    Also......Im not surprised that Dendrobium has problems due to overwatering......its in pure spaghnum moss! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] that is waaaaaay too wet for Dendrobiums. Dendrobiums like fast draining, chunky soil that doesnt retain a lot of water, but pure spaghnum is scarily wet. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]
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    Ok, so I need to repot it. I will, by the way, how often should I repot my orchids?
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    ummmm, about once every 2 years, or when the soil becomes really decomposed.....whichever comes first.
    Some, like Pleione, need reppoting every year.
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    Some resent disturbance and should only be repotted if absolutely necessary, while others can't go as long as a year. Dendrobiums are in between.
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