I got this Brassocattleya Maikai "Mayumi" through the mail. It's got 25 pseudobulbs, 5 new growths (all headed different directions), and has previously bloomed. SOMEWHERE under all these roots is a 3" pot! I'm thrilled with the purchase...and understand this is a quick grower and flowers easily.
My question is whether this needs to be divided, or just potted-up. Just getting it OUT of this little pot is going to be a task...and I'm sure some roots will be damaged, as they're stuck to the pot itself.
Any advice on how to best care for my new child? Here's a picture. Thanks...
Looking at this nice clump - I am very bad in splitting plants. I usually let them grow and only split if they simply become too heavy or too unmanageable for some reason. This way I get a nicer show when in bloom. At this point I would probably stick the whole thing as is into a suitable sized Teak basket ( or other basket/pot of your choice) and call it a day. The roots look very healthy and they will surely attach to the wood. If you water sufficiently often, you wouldn't need to add medium, or use only enough to anchor the plant.
Now if you are trying to sell pieces or share with friends, that would be another story.
Thanks, Ursula. I think I'm going to be greedy and keep the whole thing.
Are you saying put the whole plant -- including the original pot -- into a new basket? If so, that's probably the only way I can do this without damaging the roots (because the pot is plastic, and the roots are stuck). I have a large, chunky potting mix that would suffice for, as you said, simply anchoring it.
Thanks very much! I'm hoping this proves to be a nice specimen once in bloom...and I agree that it should put on quite a show, if left intact...