3 Simple Steps to Orchids Repotting
Orchids repotting is needed to keep your orchids at optimum health. Besides that it also provides you with the added advantage of having more plants. In repotting mature orchids you will sometimes split the bunch into two or more pots and as a result increasing your stock of orchids.
When is the right time to repot? There are a few instances. Usually when you first buy it, you may want to repot depending on the “container” that they put the orchid in. Sometimes, nursery just provide “basic” container like the plastic type and you have plans to move it to a more comfortable home. Beware though that preferably you allow your plant to “recoup” from the stress of moving from the nursery to your home for a few days before you repot it.
After you have your orchids, you may again have to repot it, usually every one to two years. It is advisable to repot when the plant is active growing stage, e.g. during the spring or early summer, when you see new shoots and new roots forming. Note however, that you may not want to repot when it is blooming, because who will interfere with the plant and may shorten the blooming period.
To ascertain whether there is a need to repotting, there are a few check points. If the plant appear to be sick e.g. the roots have signs of rotting, the medium are infested by insects etc, or it is just that the plant has overgrown the pot that it is initially planted, then it is time to repot.
The 3 steps to repotting your orchids include:
1. Carefully take out the plant from the pot. You may have difficulty if the roots are “glued” to the pot (which is normal). In this case, ensure that there are still many healthy roots (ones which are firm and usually have green tips). Trim or cut away the roots that are old and sticking to the pots so that you can remove them.
2. After you have taken the plant out. Trim the roots which have died or rot. At the same time, also disentangled potting medium and check that it is not infested. Discard if it is.
Put the plant in the new potting medium. Usually, you will put some potting medium at the bottom, then put your plant in a little and put more potting medium. You just need to make sure that the plant is stable (sometimes this can be done by also having a stick and tying the plant to the stick). You should note that for orchids, generally you don’t have “compressed” potting medium. Charcoal is often use, e.g. you can have chunks of charcoals. Be sure to have spaces in the potting medium, as orchids need to have ventilation for their roots and cannot be planted in condition where the water cannot drain out from the pot.
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