Orchids are one of the most beautiful, captivating, and attractive flowers. They are available in a wide variety and types and bloom for an extended period of time.
In order to keep orchids healthy and blooming over and over again, they need to be repotted from time to time.
In this guide, I will shed light on how to repot orchids the right way.
How To Repot Orchids
Repot orchids before the growing season starts in spring. Repotting is essential to revive the rooting system. Choose an organic orchid mix containing orchid bark and cut down dead roots after removing the old pot. Put some potting mix in the new pot and place the single or multi-stemmed orchid in the center of the pot. Add more potting mix to cover all roots.
General Tips For Potting the Orchids
- Make sure that you do not repot the orchids while they are flowering. Relish the flowering period of this plant and then cut the flower spike with snippers or a knife to repot the orchids.
- Repot the plant at the starting of the growing season, mainly in spring.
- Fit the plants appropriately in the pots so you can pick the plants with the leaves.
Signs That Show Your Orchids Need to Be Repotted
You need to repot the plant if you notice these three signs.
- When you notice that the exposed roots are hanging over the periphery of the pot.
- When you notice that the plant has overgrown in size and the pot is not doesn’t have enough space to occupy the plant.
- The potting media has a mushy texture, and there is a high possibility for the growth of bacteria and fungus.
What is an Orchid Growing Medium?
Orchids do not grow properly in regular potting soil as most orchids are epiphytes according to the University of Florida.
They need a light, porous, and well-drained potting mix for orchids.
The plants with a dense root system can grow in coarse growing media.
However, a specific orchid potting medium is available for purchase which consists of fir bark chunks (they are fine, medium, or coarse in texture).
This is mixed with peat or sphagnum moss, perlite, and horticultural charcoal. This potting medium is perfect for orchids to grow well.
For best results, you can pre-soak the potting medium for 24 hours and drain out the water before potting.
Step and Types of Equipment Required for Repotting
- Snippers or knife (sterilized)
- Organic orchid potting mix
- You can grow the orchids in plastic or clay pots or in baskets as well. Heavy clay pots are ideal for retaining moisture, and they stay firm.
- Make sure that you provide well-drained soil. Fill the pot with some orchid potting mix. Choose a potting mix that does not hold water. Organic mix can decay, so it is suggested to choose pine fir bark to prevent corrosion.
- Replace the plant from the old pot with the new one. Make sure that you cut down the dead roots with sterile snippers or a knife and remove the excessive potting mix.
- Make sure that you balance the plant on the potting media. The top of the plant should be above the periphery of the pot. Until the roots of the plant are long enough to anchor the plant in its place, use orchid clips to hold the orchids firmly that you have just potted.
- Supply an ample amount of water to the orchid plant. You need to take care of the plant to make the roots grow, and the plants start to grow properly.
Facts About Orchids
- They are the most common house plants in the United States.
- They have gorgeous foliage and a variety of blooms.
- The Orchid family is the largest and the oldest family of flowering plants in the world.
- There are 25000 species of orchids worldwide.
- The weight of the giant orchid is several hundred pounds.
- The minor type of orchid is the size of a two-cent coin.
- The flowers of orchids are symmetrical as they can be divided equally into two parts.
- Some species of orchids bloom for several hours. Only others may bloom for months.
- The seeds of orchids are the tiniest in the world. You can see the seed with the help of a microscope. A single seed pod can accommodate up to 3 million seeds.
- They can bloom and live for a long time. Approximately they can live for 100 years.
- The most commonly harvested and commercial orchid is the rare Vanilla Orchid.
- Due to heavy blooms, the mature orchids grow upside down.
Frequently Asked Questions About Repotting Orchids
Why is my orchid plant not blooming?
An inadequate amount of light is the major cause of orchids not being able to bloom appropriately. If the color of the orchid leaves turns dark green, then it indicates that the plant is not receiving sufficient light.
What causes the orchid leaves to turn wrinkled?
Insufficient water in the plant tissues leads to wrinkled leaves. You can raise the humidity to reduce the stress in the surrounding plant and then wait for the plant to establish a fresh medium. Otherwise, you will have to repot the plant.
Which type of orchid is best as a houseplant?
Moth orchids (the phalaenopsis) are perfect as houseplants as they can grow easily. Secondly, you can choose slipper orchids (the paphiopedilums) as well because they bloom quickly, and their foliage is very captivating.
Conclusion About How To Repot Orchids
Repot orchids in spring. Cut off the old grey roots and choose a pot with drainage holes that is 1-2 inches bigger than the previous one. Place the orchid in the middle of the pot and use loose potting soil Orchid potting mix containing bark is best. Make sure that the orchid sits on several inches of potting mix and cover all the roots.
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