Orchids are some of the most popular decorative plants. They are resistant, they produce splendid flowers and don’t require any special care.
Orchids do well with indirect morning or evening sun but never direct hot sun in the middle of the day. Usually they last a few months in the original pot, but it’s good repotting them by the end of the summer.
Change the orchid pot
The orchid should be transplanted when the plant doesn’t bloom and begins to expand, producing roots and new leaves. At this point, the orchid needs more space and a new substrate rich in nutrients.
The pot must be changed immediately after the first signs of root rot occur. Also, if the plant doesn’t have enough space in the pot and the roots are getting out of it, then you have to transplant it as fast as possible to a larger pot.
For the potting mix, always use tree bark from flower shops. Bark helps water draining and keeps the roots in good condition.
The orchid should be repotted when the potting mix gets dry. You have to do this procedure gently because some roots may be tangled. To easily detangle orchid’s roots, sink them a little in warm water and you should separate them safely after.
Be careful about the way the roots look. Remove the dried or rotten ones. Healthy roots should be grayish-green, glossy, spotless, with the green endings.
Take advantage of this opportunity to check the entire plant by the possible parasites or the black spots on the leaves. Put a little amount of potting mix inside the pot and add the orchid. Try filling the empty spaces between the roots. Don’t bury the entire root area, just 90% of it. Stick a rod in the substrate to help the orchid grow straight up.
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