At what point should I repot an orchid into a larger container?

Asked August 23, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

My daughter bought an orchid (phaeleonopsis), and we've all enjoyed its blooms this past spring. At what point should it be repotted into a larger container? I took out its clearish inner container and was shocked to see how "rootbound" it looked, with a root growing out of the bottom. I read about the orchid mix of bark, etc. on your website so I now realize I can't just use potting soil! Any advice on this plant?

Wright County Minnesota orchids

1 Response

Phaeleanopsis is one of the easiest orchids to grow, but the do have speial requirements. Here are a couple of links that will help keep this wonderful plant alive:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/houseplants/easy-orchids-to-grow-as-houseplants/

https://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=204

When it is necessary to repot, I take the plant out, inspect the roots and remove any that are blackened, or rotted.Use a sharp, clean knife and cut just slightly above, into the healthy tissue. I will allow the plant to airdry - out of the sun - for a day or two before repotting into a clean orchid potting mix. Drench the pot and allow it to dry out a bit before covering the top with sphagnum
moss. Follow recommendations about fertilzer and frequency of moisture.

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