Re-potting Orchids

For the novice orchid grower, the idea of repotting orchids may be something of a daunting idea

  • How do you ensure that you are repotting your orchid in a manner that is conducive to the optimal health of your plant?
  • How do you know which pot is the best for your specific orchid?
  • How do you select the best potting media for your orchids?

When To Repot

Ideally you should be looking into repotting orchids during the early part of spring; in spring your orchids are more likely to have new growth and new blooms. Having a new container to spread out into will encourage a lot more new growth. However, if your orchid is in dire need of being repotted then you should do so in order to ensure the optimal health of your orchid. As a general rule, you should consider repotting your orchids every two years.

The Secret To Root Success

As is the case with the majority of plants, the key to growing a healthy orchid is to grow a healthy vibrant root system. When grown wildly, orchids often have exposed roots that allow them to take advantage of the high humidity in the areas that they are native to.

By allowing your potted orchids to have a roomy pot that will provide the space to stretch out, grow, and receive sufficient air circulation you are providing your orchids with the ability to thrive. Your orchids roots should never be compressed and smothered; this type of environment is likely to be one that fosters the growth of fungus and other root rot situations.

Going Potty

Selecting the best pot for your orchids is a critical part of repotting orchids; a pot that will allow you to see the roots is likely to be your best choice, regardless of the type of orchids that you are growing.

A clear or opaque pot will not only allow you to gauge the health of your orchid’s roots, but will also allow for a fair amount of light to filter in to the roots which will aid in the process of photosynthesis. An added bonus to using a clear or opaque container is that you will also be able to judge how moist the potting media is.

An attractive ceramic pot that contains several openings all around it will not only allow for a good amount of air to circulate around the roots but it will allow give you a window into viewing the health of your orchid’s root system.

Select a pot that will not only fit in with the overall decor in your home but one that will contribute to the overall health of your orchids!

Ditch The Dirt

It is important that all novice orchid growers understand that orchids do not grow in potting soil; this is a rapid method of smothering the root system and destroying the plant completely.

There are many available commercial orchid mixes that are suitable for just about every type of orchid; by understanding the specific needs of your orchid you will be able to select the one that will provide your orchid with what it needs – a potting mix that allows for adequate air circulation and helps to retain a fair amount of moisture for the delicate orchid roots. Look for a good mix that contains bark and coconut husks!

By repotting orchids every few years you will be providing them with the room they need to grow and thrive!