Here is just an example of Part 6a of the 12 Part mini course on “Insider’s Secrets on Growing and Caring for Orchids Like a Pro”.

Repotting Orchids

 As the famous orchid grower Adelaide Willoughby observed, “It is one of the paradoxes of orchid growing that the plants require repotting at regular intervals, yet they resent shock and suffer from the procedure if every circumstance is not just right.

 So, repotting is a regular and unavoidable aspect of orchid growing that is critical to the health of your orchids – but it is essential that you learn the correct way to repot your orchids so they do not suffer unduly from the procedure.

 When to Repot Orchids

 Most houseplants need repotting when they have grown to a size that signals they have outgrown their pot or container. This is also one of the reasons to repot your orchids – but it is not the only, or most common reason. If your orchid is outgrowing its container – for example if you can see a substantial number of pseudobulbs or observe an unusual number of roots starting to grow over the edge of the pot, this may be a sign your orchid needs repotted.

 However, regardless of the size of the orchid, it will need repotting every few years when the potting mixture has become depleted and breaks down. When this happens, the compost becomes heavy and soggy and will inevitably lead to the decline and ultimate death of the orchid if not repotted.

 Except in cases where the life of the orchid is at risk, repotting should only be done at specific times. For most species this is when the plant is in active growth – above or below the soil – but not in bloom.


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