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Video:How to Repot an Orchid

with Jon Vanzile

Not sure when it's time to repot your beautiful orchid plant? See how to repot an orchid, and learn tips that will keep it healthy and thriving throughout the process.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Repot an Orchid

Repotting should be done in spring, just before the plant's growing season begins.

Tools Needed to Repot an Orchid

The first step with any store-bought orchid is to enjoy the bloom, so don't attempt to repot a flowering plant. When the bloom's over, you'll need to gather these supplies to repot your orchids.
  • Orchid potting mixture, composed of several chunky ingredients, including pine bark, charcoal
  • Specialized orchid pots that feature wide drainage slits so water will literally run through the pot
  • Styrofoam peanuts or broken pot shards
  • And sterilized snippers

Before You Repot the Orchid

Once you've assessed the condition of your orchid, follow this step by step procedure for repotting. Remove it from the its old pot and carefully remove the moss and any rotten potting media. Cut away any shriveled, rotten or blackened roots with sterile snippers. Sympodial orchids can be divided at repotting. Keep at least three pseudobulbs on either side of your cut, and make sure there are healthy roots in both divisions.

Prep the Orchid Pot

Fill up the pot with fresh potting media, and add broken clay pots or styrofoam packing peanuts for good drainage. Gently position your orchid on potting media so the top of the plant is level or slightly above the rim of the new pot. Gently fill in around the orchid with more potting media. You can also use orchid clips to hold the plant in place until the roots grow enough to anchor it.

Caring for a Repotted Orchid

Once it's repotted, place the pot near an east facing window with a few hours of mild morning sunlight. To provide the necessary humidity and catch run-off water, put the plant into a wide, deep tray and fill the tray with gravel.

Caring for your orchid is pretty simple. During the summer months, water it weekly and heavily. Let the water drench the roots but allow them to dry out after wards. During the growing season, feed it weekly with a powder or liquid fertilizer. In the winter, keep your Orchid warm and cut the water back to once a month. But mist it every so often to make sure it stays hydrated.

Once an orchid finds a happy spot, and falls into a routine, the plant should regularly throw out new roots and leaves or canes and reward you yearly with a beautiful bloom.

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