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Old 03-01-2017, 10:01 PM
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Repotting while blooming?

Hi orchid experts! I just bought an orchid from Walmart. Nice flowers and with few buds that will be blooming in a few weeks.

I was wondering if it will be a good idea to change the moss to orchid barks. I don't really like the idea of seeing the roots with moss...

Should I change it or wait until blooming is over??
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In a word, NO!

Yes wait.
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I have meddled to much with a blooming orchid and paid the price of losing the longevity of the blooms.
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Another consideration: the best time to repot is when the plant shows active growth. Many blooming plants are not actively growing. If you are worried about the moss, pull the whole plant out of the pot and take a look at the root mass. If it looks good, just drop it back in. If the moss seems overly tight, pull a bit out of the middle to loosen things up. Use a skewer to monitor the moisture in the moss until the blooms have had their day and you can repot without worries.

The only reason I would repot now is if the roots are rotting and the moss smells bad. Then you would need to do it for the longterm health of the plant.
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Better to wait depending on the genus.

Some plants (like most paphs and phrags) don't care but others are seriously affected by repotting.
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If it is a typical Phalaenopsis (probably is at Walmart), go ahead without delay. The flowers will not miss a beat.

But, Walmart sometimes sells Dendrobiums. Post a photo of the plant, it will help us give a better answer.
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I repot every new plant I bring home, whether it is in bloom or not, and I've never felt like the plant or the blooms have suffered.

This is particularly important for me if the plant is growing in sphagnum moss like you said yours is. Some people love sphag as a growing medium, but it doesn't work for me. I like watering. I'm a frequent waterer, so I need a medium that dries out quickly. I've tried adjusting my watering schedule with plants growing in sphag to account for the longer drying time, and I've just never been able to get it right, so I repot everything into something that works for me.

I would go ahead and repot it into your preferred growing medium. If you're like me, if you wait until it is finished blooming, the roots may be in danger of suffocating in the moss.

This is my preferred method, and it has worked well for me, but different growers will have different experiences.
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