|Please note that I made slits on the side of the plastic pot to increase|
both drainage and the circulation of air around the media and roots.
This Dendrobium amethystoglossum grew relatively well for several years in my garden and bloomed a number of times in that time span. Unfortunately, last year the media began retaining too much water, this caused the death of the root mass. When I noticed something was wrong almost all the roots were gone. So I took the plant from its pot, trimmed away the dead roots, removed the decayed media from the meagre remains of the root ball and repoted it. I used as media the hardest part of the trunk of the tree fern. I cut the pieces of tree fern by hand into medium sized flakes. The flakes were put on the pot so that they would make a relatively loose open mass that could be easily penetrated by the roots. This part of the trunk of the tree fern is particularly resistant to decay so I expect it will last a while. The orchid started growing in April and now it is producing new roots. I expect that in the next two years it will have a good root system and will start producing larger canes.