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Old 11-03-2015, 04:08 PM
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Re-potting

Hello All,

Just got 2 orchids as gifts and wanted to know if it was best to re-pot them right away or wait until they are done blooming?

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Depends what kind of orchids they are and what kind of condition they are in.......
If they are phalaenopsis - they can potentially be repotted any time - even when blooming - with little negative effect..... I will do this if I receive them in bad root condition (as rescue plants mainly - clean up roots & get rid of all old media and repot with fresh right away!) If roots are badly compromised I've been known to remove all bloom spikes to give the plant a chance to recover - better to bring back the plant and then count on NEXT blooming cycle than pamper the current blooms and loose the plant! On the other hand - some other genera - for example cattleya, should ideally be repotted when new growth(s) have started. What kind of orchids did you receive? Can you post pictures of them? They may not need to be repotted? A lot of unknowns here......
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greetings!

They are both phaleanopsis orchids and to be quite frank i dont see anything in that pot that tells me there is cause for concern.
now the reason i asked is, i have seen countless videos and in most all i hear is re-potting and the importance of after getting these from the store, mine where gifts but surely from a nursery and where i live nurseries dont quite bother much with plant care. that being said both look like they have quite nice roots and are growing, im looking forward to sending you guys the pictures as i am still very new and would like nothing better than to see them thrive.

i will see if im now allowed to post pics.

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forgot to mention

one of the orchids today showed a leaf infected with brown rot or Erwinia and i had to cut it off to prevent further infection.

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I hope i have done this right.



















now i was simply eager to show the pictures and it is night time here, so i can take better pictures for more visibility.

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Those roots look really great!
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Nice of you to reply! appreciate it!
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I would concur - no reason I can see to repot for quite some time - enjoy your orchids! FYI.....in my area, phalaenopsis come into the houseplant section of many stores and can be BADLY abused from day 1 - so often reason to repot is to find out damage done before your acquisition - usually at the store where purchased. My #1 advice - get them as soon as they arrive if possible!
Secondary reason - many come with tightly packed sphag moss media and most homegrowers don't do too well with that media.
Yours look super - the clear pots help too to see both moisture content and root quality - without the need to pull the orchid to determine........
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