Why should you repot an orchid?
On average once a year I recommend to repot an orchid to provide fresh planting material (media) and drainage for the roots so your orchid can bloom again.
Also, if orchid is a part of the arrangement in the vase or pot without drainage hole you need to repot it after it stops blooming.
It’s time to repot when you see: yellow foliage, lack of growth or blooms, dead or damaged roots, or the plant starts growing over the edge of the pot.
When repotting it is not necessary to pick a larger pot. Orchids like to be a little tight in their pots in order to concentrate their energy on new bloom growth and not on root growth.
Where to repot an orchid in?
Orchids may be potted in plastic, clay or decorative pots. The type of pot may influence watering frequency. For example, plants in clay pots will dry out faster. Always select pots with drainage holes if you want your orchid bloom for you year after year.
What planting material to use for orchid repotting?
When transplanting your orchid, choose a planting material that allows plenty of room for the roots to expand and breathe. Planting material usually made of fir bark, coconut husk, sphagnum moss, tree fern fibers, charcoal, lava rocks or a mixture of two or three of these materials.
I use Epsoma Organic Orchid Mix which I recommend for every orchid lover.This potting material helps to improve drainage and aeration so that roots can grow and orchids can thrive.
How to repot an orchid in 5 easy steps:
1. Soak dry orchid planting material for 24 hours in water so that it may absorb moisture.
2. Remove your orchid from the old container, removing any potting material that is attached to the roots.
3. Trim off any dead or dying roots, these roots will be brown and soft, as opposed to live roots which are firm and white (or green).
4. Place the orchid plant into the new container. Gently scatter the new potting material around the roots pressing it down lightly with your fingers, and then carefully tap the pot to settle it in. Continue to add potting material until it reaches the base of the lowest leaf.
5. Check if you have repotted your orchid correctly. Gently lift the plant up by the stem, if the pot falls off, you didn’t packed it tight enough. In this case, just start over; this won’t harm the plant at all.
Never repot an orchid plant while it is in bloom!!!! Here you will find Orchid Care Tips. Also, see what I create with orchids, go to my New York orchid shop.