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Busy day repotting...

Category: Houseplants | Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:13 am

I've been procrastinating for soooo long...
But it is amazing what a little coffee will do.
Since I'm not a coffee drinker, a little bit will go a long way for me. I had about a half cup in my hot chocolate today. Each time I felt myself slow down, I'd take another gulp.
I repotted 6 plants; two Peace Lilies, two African Violets, one English Ivy, and one Philodendron. I potted 7 new plants that were trimmed from other plants, one Purple Heart (I got trimmings from my boss), 4 African Violets (suckers from the two other plants) and one Wax Plant (I got a branch from my boss). I know now isn't the best time, but I set up my grow light again to aid them in their out of season growth.
I'll bring one of my Peace Lilies and my English Ivy back to work and once my African Violets are settled in, I'll bring one of them to work and see how it goes.
Now, all I have left are 4 Orchids and one Coffee Bean tree.
The last time I tried to repot an Orchid it ended up dying. I'm a bit nervous to do it again. Right now, they are unpotted, just sitting on top of some sphagnum moss. Once a week, I take them and dunk them in some water from my fish tank and put them back on top of their moss. They are actually doing quite well that way.
I don't know anything about the coffee tree. I'll have to look into that and see what is recommended for repotting that plant.
Any advice is welcome for the orchids and Coffee Been tree.

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mart wrote on Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:17 pm:

If the orchids are doing well,,,keep on dunking !! Or just fill a spray bottle with tank water and mist them !!


Beeker wrote on Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:50 am:

Yeah, it's funny. I did that (what you said, Mart) with the first orchid I bought and it did great. As soon as I took somebody else's advice, it died on me. Maybe it was just a coincidence because the air vents at work blew directly on it, and I think that may have been a contributing factor in it's death. I just find it odd that I do what my gut tells me, which isn't in the typical recommendations for caring for orchids, and they do great! I do what the instructions say, and they die. Odd.
These orchids are doing very well. I actually have new growth on them now!

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