Orchids are the most popular decorative plants. They are very long-lasting, making many flowers with a pleasant coloration and don’t need any special care.
They must be kept in the light, but not in direct sunlight. They usually last a few months in their original pot, but by the end of the summer it’s good to move them.
When should I replace the orchid’s 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 hot summer day, because its roots dry out quickly, dehydrating.
The orchid pot must be changed immediately when you notice that the roots of the plant began to rot. Also, if the plant doesn’t have enough space in the pot and the roots start to get out, then you have to move it as fast as possible to a larger pot.
Perfect soil for orchids
It’s best to use bark from the flower store, because the 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 it’s well dried. You have to do this procedure with delicacy, because some roots may well be caught in the pot or soil. To break them easily, you can moisten them in water to separate them safely.
Be careful about roots aspect! Remove the dried or rotten ones. Healthy roots should be gray-green, glossy, without spots, and with green ends.
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 pieces on the bottom of the pot and place the orchid by filling the empty spaces between the roots. Don’t bury the whole orchid base.
To support the orchid, put a rod to help the plant stay in the previous position.