Transplanting Indoor Orchids - Knowledgebase Question

millbrae, Ca
Question by drmagsaysay
July 21, 2010
How soon do I have to replant various orchids (except cym)that I just bought from the nursery/stores? Are they really necessary to be replanted? On my old plants, do I have to buried the air roots that grew when replanting? A friend just keeps her plants for years on same pots and develop lots of air roots and flower beautifully. Bewildered! Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
July 21, 2010

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Orchids bloom best when they are rootbound so don't be in a hurry to repot yours. Usually once every 4 years is about as often as orchids need to be repotted. Leave the air roots alone. Don't bury them - they add character to the plant. I'd follow your friend's lead - keep them in the same pots for years and allow the aerial roots to roam as they wish. They will bloom beautifully for you!

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