You don’t need to be a pro to repot an orchid. All you need is a few minutes, a bit of knowledge, and the right tools. Help your orchid thrive by giving it a little wiggle room.
How to Repot an Orchid
- Assemble your materials. Most gardeners use a combination of fir bark, sponge rock, and charcoal for potting orchids. Orchiata makes repotting orchids easy, combining structure, nutrition, and pH balance into a single potting medium. It can be used directly from the bag and doesn’t break down, so you won’t need to repot your orchids until they outgrow their current container.
- Choose an orchid. You may choose to transplant your orchid because of a change in season, a change in size, or a reason all your own. Make sure your orchid is at a good point in its growing cycle to handle transplanting.
- Remove the plant. Turn the container upside down, carefully cradling the plant’s shoot. Gently tap the rim against the edge of a table until the plant dislodges into your hand. Orchids that have been watered, but are not still wet will dislodge more easily than overly wet or dry plants.
- Remove the potting mix. Gently work soil loose from the plant’s roots, being careful not to damage the plant.
- Remove unhealthy roots with a sharp blade.
- Wash the roots. Run a gentle stream of water over the roots, cleaning them carefully with your fingers.
- Choose a pot. The diameter and depth of the new pot should be at least one inch bigger than the roots of your orchid.
- Repot your orchid. Hold your plant with the base of the shoot about 1 inch below the rim of the pot. Add small amounts of Orchiata potting mix, gently patting it down around the base of the new shoot. Continue adding your potting medium until the soil level is firm to about half an inch below the rim of the pot.
- Attach a rhizome clip. A rhizome clip will keep the orchid steady while its roots establish.
Acadian Supply offers the finest standalone orchid growing medium. Orchiata can be used directly from the bag, and balances the pH of the soil to grow award-winning orchids.