?repotting orchid plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Greenfield, Ma., Ma
Question by mariemroz
January 13, 2010
My orchid plant roots seem to be dying-?time to repot ands how???

Answer from NGA
January 13, 2010


It's common for aerial or above ground roots to die and this should not cause any problems with your orchid. Simply clip the dead roots off the plant. Orchids prefer to be crowded in the container, so don't repot to a larger size just yet, unless the roots are escaping out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. If this is the case, choose the next size container and repot in fresh bark chips or orchid mix potting soil sold in garden centers. When it's time to repot, turn the plant and the pot on its side and gently pull the plant out of the pot. Brush away any bark chips clinging to the roots and repot into fresh bark chips, making sure the plant is at the same soil level as it was growing before. Water it well after repotting to help settle the potting soil. Good luck with your orchid.

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