Repotting Orchids

Normally if you have purchased your Orchid from a store that is not a high quality nursery, then repotting this Orchid will be required. If you have never performed this task before it would be a good Idea to have someone demonstrate the procedures for repotting Orchids or contact a local nursery and ask them if they offer classes or training on repotting Orchids.

The reason why you will need to change the growing media is because non traditional sources usually just pack their plants in wet moss to keep them alive until sold.

When repotting Orchids be sure to take the time and spent the money to buy a real Orchid Pot. Orchids like the moisture, but they hate standing water. That is why there are specially designed pots for Orchids. They provide a nice home that has lots of ventilation and drainage for your tropical friend.

The very first thing you need to do when preparing for repotting Orchids is to be prepared. Know your Orchid, know what type of growing media it likes and then get everything together in one location so that the repotting process goes smoothly. You do not want to leave your Orchid sitting out for 30 minutes to an hour while you run down to the nursery or home center to buy supplies.

Unless you are working on some production line, repotting Orchids should be a single Orchid at a time process. Repotting Orchids is a rare event and you should not ever have to be repotting Orchids in groups unless you have encountered an event that requires it. Fertilizer overdose or some odd infestation would be the only reasons to be repotting Orchids in groups.

When you have everything in place, gently and firmly grasp the Orchid at the top of the root base. Give the root base a bit of a “wiggle” to get a feel for how loose it is and then in a single motion pull the Orchid out of the growing media.

While you have the Orchid out of the growing media, take the time to inspect the health of the root system. Normally repotting Orchids will only happen one time per year at the most. Sometimes a repotting will only happen once in an Orchids lifetime. Take the time to do a close inspection of each and every root in the network. If you identify any evidence of root rot, you will need to cut the bad part away before you replant. Root rot is a condition that needs to be eliminated, it will not fix itself normally.

After you have finished your inspection and everything looks good or has been fixed now it is time to replant. Place your Orchid in the center of the new Orchid pot and then start adding the new growing media around the root network. Only add enough media at first to support the plant and be sure to leave enough space at the top so that the roots can still get ventilation. Once the plant is supported, then you can spend time putting more growing media in the pot to meet the needs of the plant.

Give your plant a bit of water and then give it about a week to readjust to the new pot and growing media. Orchids do not handle environmental change very well and repotting Orchids is about the most intrusive thing you can do. After you give them the initial shot of water, this is a very good time to look and not touch. Your Orchid will re-establish its’ root base and turn out just fine.

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