Ever wondered how to get your Orchid to re-bloom?
For the most part, Orchids are easy to take care of but getting them to re-bloom can be tricky…one of the best ways to keep your orchid happy is to re-pot it.
Most orchids are epiphytic, meaning they use tree trunks and branches to grow on.
These orchids have aerial roots by which the plant takes up nutrients & water, therefore orchids grow best in a bark medium, which is very porous and well draining.
Most orchids will benefit from re-potting every 18-24 months.
Re-pot plants into slightly larger pots in the spring or after blooming.
Never re-pot an orchid that is in flower, or that has a new flower spike growing.
Some orchids come potted in bark mixes, and some in sphagnum moss…Bark mixes contain, fir bark, coarse perlite, charcoal, and often some coarse peat.
RE-POTTING HOW TO:
1) Remove all of the old media from around the roots of the plant.
2) Using clean or sterilized scissors, cut off any rotten or broken roots. If a substantial number of roots have been removed, do not increase the pot size. (Weak or old stems may be cut or pulled off of the plant at this time.)
3) Once the roots have been trimmed, place a handful of fresh bark in the bottom of the pot & spread the remaining roots over the bark. (Pre-soaking the bark in warm water before re-potting is recommended).
4) Gently fill in the rest of the pot with the bark, working it through the roots. *Make sure that the junction between the roots & leaves is at the top of the medium.
5) Keep your freshly re-potted orchid in a shaded, but humid environment.
6) Misting the leaves for the first few weeks will be beneficial until new root growth occurs.
Happy Orchid Growing everyone!!