Just Add Ice Orchids generally need to be repotted every 1 to 3 years, depending on how rapidly the plant is growing and how quickly the potting medium breaks down. Orchid growers usually repot seedlings every year because of their rapid rate of growth and constant need for nutrients during early development. Once Phalaenopsis orchids reach maturity, they can often remain in the same pot for several years. However, even when the root structure of a mature orchid plant does not outgrow its pot, the orchid will need to be repotted at least every other year to replace the potting medium that carries nutrients to the plant.
When Just Add Ice Orchids arrive in local stores, the orchid plants are fully mature and arrive planted in the optimal growth medium for Phalaenopsis orchids. Over time, the potting material breaks down and must be replaced to benefit the plant. When it is time to repot your Just Add Ice Orchid, you can choose to repot it in an orchid potting mix formulated for Phalaenopsis orchids or in any number of well-drained planting mediums, including fir bark, tree fern, stone, sphagnum moss or a pleasing combination of these elements.
The best time to repot your Phalaenopsis orchid is in the spring immediately after the final bloom drops from the plant. Until mature growth is achieved, orchid seedlings should be repotted in a fine-grade planting material. Once they reach full maturity, Just Add Orchids can be planted in a coarser medium-grade potting material. If the orchid’s roots have become over-crowded since the previous time you repotted the orchid or soft, rotting roots are evident, repot your plant into a pot 1 inch larger in diameter than its previous pot. If the roots still fit comfortably in their current pot, the planting medium can be changed and the orchid returned to its current container.