Goto Articles

Speciosum Repotting

Speciosum var speciosums Wattelow x Neville (WatNev), a good Orchid, but, cannot compete against the likes of Windermere, Neil’s Choice, National White, William – WatNev needs to be moved on. However, to make it more manageable, and to recoup some of its cost, it was broken up in October 2015 with the intention of giving away or selling most of the pieces next season – it may be possible that some pieces may make it into my garden and be placed on sandstone rocks.

Above photo shows WatNev in all its glory and some of the items that were used during the division and repotting – the bench and bread knife were thoroughly cleaned with rubbing alcohol (Isocol), the secateurs have come out of the alkaline solution and are sterile, the blue cap container is Initiator balls containing the insecticide ‘Imidacloprid’ (same as Confidor Balls – but in bulk it is much cheaper), Steri-Prune to seal any cuts.

 WatNev is removed from the pot, root system is good, and bark is sound, last repotted 2 years ago – now the fun commences.

2/3 of the root removed leaving a 1/3 root ball that can be used as leverage to when splitting WatNev into pieces 

At a natural divide make a V cut half way through and attempt to pull apart with brute force - this is the reason for leaving some of the root system


Success, separated and very little cane damage


Repeat the splitting process by looking for a natural break, cut again and separate, in all 7 pieces

 175mm Port Squat Pots, crocked with 25 to 50 mm Bob Bishop's Bark, note the 4 holes, 2 at the back to tie down the back of the speciosum and the sides to secure the 10mm flower stick – a figure 8 is used to secure the flower sticks - pictures

A speciosum belonging to Ted Walmsley - he has developed a growing method that ensures large vertical canes for ease of handling.


Coming Events

Gosford and District Orchid Society Inc
Orchid Show 2018 - Central Coast Regional Show

Venue: Gosford Show Ground
Details to be advised
Gosford Orchid Club details

Royale Orchids - Autumn Open Days 2018

April 2018
Friday 6th - 9am - 5pm
Saturday 7th - 9am - 5pm
Sunday 8th - 9pm - 5pm
Venue: 70 Brieses Road, PEATS RIDGE NSW
Phone: 02 4377 1199
For Details goto


Royale Orchids - Winter Open Days 2018

June 2018
Details to be advised
Venue: 70 Brieses Road, PEATS RIDGE NSW
Phone: 02 4377 1199

Mingara Orchid Fair and 
Show 2018

June 2018
Saturday 23rd - 9am - 4pm
Sunday   24th - 9am - 3pm
For Early Details goto
Venue:  Mingara Recreation Club 
Mingara Drive

Tinonee Orchid Nursery
6th Annual Workshop & Lunch 2018

July, 2018
Venue: 768 Tinonee Road
Details to be advised

ANOS Central Coast Group
38th Annual Spring Show 2018

August Fri 17th -Sun 19th
Details to be advised

Kempsey Speciosum Spectacular

September 2018
Venue: Macleay Valley Motor Cycle Track
Alverton St, Greenhill via Kempsey
Details to be advised

Wyong Spring Time Orchid Show 2018

September 2018
Venue: Wyong Race Club
Howarth St, Wyong NSW
Details to be advised

ANOS Sydney Group
36th Annual Spring Native Orchid Show

Venue: Eden Garden Nursery
Lane Cove Road, North Ryde
Details to be advised

ANOS Sydney Group
33rd Annual Sarcanthinae
Native Orchid Show 2018

October Sat 13th - Sun 14th
Details to be advised

goto LEGAL STUFF click here