Has it been a year or more since you purchased your orchid? If so, it may be outgrowing its current home and need to be moved into a bigger pot. Repotting your orchid will help your plant thrive for years to come.
Why should you repot your orchid?
An orchid’s beauty is in its bloom! A smaller pot keeps the plant’s energy concentrated on the blooms, not in the leaves and roots. But that doesn’t mean that these hardy little plants don’t need to be repotted every now and then.
Generally speaking, the best time to repot your orchid is after it is finished blooming and when it is entering its dormancy stage. Orchids should be repotted once every one or two years for optimal health. It can also be repotted if you notice other signs of stress, such as overwatering, pests or disease.
Three benefits of repotting your orchids
1) It needs a bigger home: Although orchids do well in smaller pots, eventually these plants will need a bigger home to stretch their roots. Repotting gives your orchids some much-needed breathing room.
2) Replace the medium: Your orchid medium is essential to your plant’s short- and long-term health. It provides crucial support, circulation and nutrients for its roots. Repotting your plant helps to ensure that you are replacing your depleted medium with new nutrients.
3) Remove any unpleasant scent: You may notice an unpleasant odor coming from your plant’s roots. This smell could be decomposed medium; repotting your orchid will remove this odor and keep your plant and your nose happy.
Despite its resilience and low maintenance, repotting your orchid is an easy way to keep your little plant performing at its best. Do you need an easy guide to repotting your orchids? Download our 5 Simple Steps to Repotting Your Orchid guide today!