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Question: when will orchids be repotted?
good morning I would like to know when and how to proceed for the repotting of my orchids thank you and greetings
Repotting orchids: Answer: repotting the rochidee
the world of orchids is very wide and varied, there are many species and varieties, each with special needs; in any case most of the orchids grown in the apartment are in nature epiphytes, or their roots do not sink into the ground, but into remains of leaves or other decomposing material, which creeps into the crevices of the trunks or between the branches of tall trees . Therefore, more or less, most of the orchids need a similar soil, and it is repotted after flowering, when all the buds have withered; if in addition to changing the soil, you must also change the pot, I suggest you to choose a container similar to the one in which you purchased your orchid: many orchids have aerial roots, which must live in contact with air and light; for this reason we often see orchids grown in transparent vases. So, first of all, if your orchid is tight in the container it is in, look for one a little bigger (not too much) and a similar color. Also for the soil, follow the same rule, if you bought an orchid that was grown in a dark and thin soil, similar to the universal soil, use a similar soil also for repotting; if instead your orchid was cultivated in a completely incoherent soil, made up of small pieces of bark or polystyrene, look for a similar one. On the market there are already ready mixtures of soil for orchids, which are generally a middle ground between the two mentioned above, namely it is a universal soil, with the addition of bark or bits of peat; such molds are often not good either for epiphytic orchids, or for terrestrial orchids.
So I suggest you to prepare an ideal mixture by yourself; if you have a terrestrial orchid take the soil for orchids and mix it with an equal dose of non-fertilized universal soil (ask in the nursery); if you have an epiphytic orchid (like phalaenopsis) take the soil for orchids and mix it with an equal dose of small pieces of bark, or polystyrene, or sphagnum, so as to obtain a compound that retains moisture, but that is never soaked with water.
Once you have prepared the container and the soil, water your plant well, so that it can be extracted more easily from the pot; flare gently, to avoid breaking the roots; prune the dried or damaged parts of the root, and sprinkle the stumps with a fungicide (ask in the nursery, explaining what you need, or to prevent the roots from being attacked by fungi where you cut them). Remove all the old soil, then replace the plant in the new pot with the fresh soil.