orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Lithia, Fl
Question by user9440
May 5, 2010
We have a pot full of orchids. How do we seprate them and repot them?


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Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010

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Orchids bloom best when they are rootbound so unless you're sure they are really overcrowded, don't be in a hurry to repot them. If you'd like to separate them and put each in it's own container, choose containers that are just barely larger than the root systems and they will bloom well for you. Here's how to repot: Use bark chips or Orchid Potting Mix in your new containers. Remove the orchids from the current container by laying the container on its side and coaxing out the roots and the growing media. Carefully brush away as much of the growing media as you can so you can see how the roots are intertwined. Sometimes they will fall freely from one another but sometimes they won't. If you cannot pull them apart without breaking the roots, try setting the roots in a large bucket or other container of water and swishing the roots around in the water. You'd be surprised how quickly the roots can untangle when you swish them around in the water. Work the roots with your fingers to help untangle them if necessary. As you separate each of the orchids, repot them in the new growing media. Be sure to set them at the same soil level as they were growing before - not too deep, not too shallow. Water well after planting to help settle the roots into their new homes. Best wishes with your project!

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