Orchids are some of the most popular decorative plants. They are resistant, they make many flowers with a pleasant coloration and don’t need any special care.
They must be kept in the light, but not in the heat, in direct sunlight. Usually they last a few months in the original pot, but by the end of the summer it’s good to re-pot them.
Change the orchid pot
The orchid is 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 soil with more nutrients.
It’s important for the orchid to be transplanted on a cool day, not on the hectic, because its roots dry out quickly, dehydrating.
The orchid pot must be changed immediately when you notice that the roots of the plant have started rotting. Also, if the plant doesn’t have enough space in the pot and the roots get out, then you have to move it as fast as possible to a larger pot.
Ideal would be to use bark from a specialized flower shop, not from the florists. Bark helps to drain water better and maintains the roots of the plant more airy.
The orchid should be moved to the new pot when is well dried. You have to do this procedure gently because some roots may be caught together. To easily open them, you can moisten them a little to separate them safely.
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 control the entire plant by the possible parasites or the black spots on the leaves. Put the new bark on the bottom of the bowl and place the orchid filling the empty spaces between the roots. Don’t bury the entire base of the orchid. To support the orchid, put a rod to help the orchid maintain a straight position.
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