How to repot an orchid
In this article, I will lead you on How to Repot an orchid plant and give you an easy guide to follow on using orchids repots.
This article covers the basics of repotting, how often to repotting, as well as some tips and tricks for repotting.
When repotting orchids or plants, a few explanation signs will help you decide whether it is time to renew the potting medium or move the orchid into a larger pot.
There are two ways to determine if your orchard needs to be repotted, but timing is crucial. First of all, one of the most important things is to decide which season is best for the plant, as sudden changes are stressful for the plants.
The best time to do repotting orchids is after the orchid has started a new growth cycle. This is because it is too late to settle into its new medium, but it is a good time to do so as soon as possible after it begins the new growth cycle as it has established itself.
The new root growth is easily exposed to breakage, and therefore the new roots will instead dry out and will not have the potting material to grow inside.
An essential factor is that you should never repot an orchid that is currently blooming or ready to bloom.
Signs that it is time to pot an orchid include roots that are creeping considerably into the pot’s drainage holes or the growing medium that is starting to break.
Newly growing orchids in gardens can misunderstand the roots’ naturally tangled growth pattern as proof that their orchids are root-bound and require repotting.
Repot the plant if there is still room in the pots for the next growth or if the soil no longer provides the plant with food.
Step by step
1 Remove your orchid from its pot, untangle the roots and remove all the compost. Shorten roots to 15cm and cut off dead or diseased pieces. Leave aerial roots (growing outside the pot) intact.
2 If the roots fit back into the old pot, then reuse that, as sizing up can leave seeds sitting
in wet compost for too long. If the roots don’t fit, use a new pot that is just slightly larger.
3 Pack orchid compost around your plant’s roots, ensuring you fill every crevice. Don’t
bury the aerial roots below soil level. Add a new cane if needed, water well, and allow to drain.