Orchid Flowers

Useful Tips on Repotting Orchid Plants

Posted on: July 18, 2011

When you make a decision to repot your orchid plant, the first thing you need to consider is that your orchid is going to require to be repotted biannually, annually or after every three years depending on the type of orchid you have. Younger orchid plants need to be repotted more frequently as compared to older ones. After purchasing orchid plant, repot it as soon as possible to prevent roots from being damaged. Repotting an orchid is a delicate task which needs special tips to be followed. These special tips are shared below:

  • First of all, you will have to choose a right kind of container. Orchids do not like one definite variety of containers. They grow as beautifully in plastic pots as they grow in terra cotta or clay pots. The decision is all yours. Repotting will not be done too often so choose a pot that goes well with your garden décor and theme.
  • Choose the container with the right size. If you will use very large pot then orchids will have to use their energy to produce new roots to fill pot. Similarly, if you will choose small pot, roots will become crowded. Select a container that can easily accommodate roots leaving 1 to 2 inches space around root section.
  • Most of flowering plants grow in traditional potting soil but orchids are somewhat different from other flowering plants. They require substances like peat moss, volcanic stone, certain tree barks, charcoal and tree-fern fibers. Moss and tree-fern fibers retain water as compared to other potting mixes so if you are using barks, charcoal and stones then you will have to continuously monitor the dampness conditions to make sure that plant is getting enough water.
  • Repotting orchids at right time is also very important. Orchids require to be repotted when there is new growth and roots have not filled the pot yet. Some species like Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis are potted annually. Oncidium, Cattleya and Odontoglossum are repotted every other year while Cymbidium and Vanda need to be repotted every third year.
  • After removing plant from pot, trim off dead roots with scissors or sharp knife. Make sure that you are using sterilized tools to cut the roots. To prevent diseases, sprinkle powdered cinnamon on wounds because it acts as a natural fungicide. When your plant is out of pot, also look for insects and bugs so that they cam be removed on time before they damage your orchid plant.

Repotting orchids is a complex task which may prove time consuming but this process is necessary for their survival and growth. If you don’t have much time and patience to take care of orchids then these plants should not be in your home. If you want this plant in your home but you don’t know how to care for it then ask a nursery for the necessary instructions as it is better than watching orchids dying.

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