Monday, April 1, 2013

Repotting Oncostele Pacific Perspective

Oncostele Pacific Perspective
     On the same day as the Dtps. Yu Pin Burgundy repotting, I also moved my Oncostele Pacific Perspective to a larger pot.  The orchid had grown so many roots, that I simply could not keep up with watering it frequently enough in the old 4-inch pot.  You can see in the picture above how the pseudobulb on the far left is starting to wrinkle.  All those creases have since evened out once I moved the orchid to a larger pot which stays moist for longer.
Oncostele Pacific Perspective
     The roots on the oncidium intergenic were healthy and numerous.  I barely had to do any trimming to clean up dead material.  Impressively, all this root growth is less than 6 months old.
Oncostele Pacific Perspective

     The orchid is now housed in a shallow 5-inch plastic pot, which will hopefully hold it for the rest of the year.  Its two new growths are now maturing quickly, and promising to grow quite large.


  1. What causes those creases to occur? Is it from not being able to keep up with watering or is it from smooshing up against the small pot?

    1. Hi Chris,

      The creases on the pseudobulbs are from dehydration. In this case where there are a lot of roots and the plant is actively growing in a small pot, it's a sign that I wasn't keeping up with watering. You'd also see the same kind of creasing if there is root damage (such as from over-watering) and the plant can't intake enough water. Fortunately the creases in the picture above are reversible, and disappeared within a couple hours of watering the plant.