repotting orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Greenfield, Ma., Ma
Question by mariemroz
April 30, 2010
My orchid roots are growing out of the pot and there are no green leaves starting but I have 10 blossoms.Help-thank you, Marie

Answer from NGA
April 30, 2010


Orchids flower best when they are rootbound so unless the roots are escaping out of the drainage holes in the bottoms of the pots, I wouldn't repot it. The aerial roots naturally grow out of the top of the soil so they are no indication that your orchid needs repotting. If you decide you want to repot, wait until all the flowers are spent and the flowering stem dies down on its own. At that point your orchid will rest for a few weeks and you can safely repot it into a larger pot. Enjoy those beautiful flowers!

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