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Old 10-25-2018, 04:28 AM
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Some advice about new orchid plant re-potting

Hi,

I have a phalaenopsis orchid that originally had two spikes. When they finished blooming I cut them to above one of the nodes on each spike. From there, two new plants have grown (see picture).

I haven't been around for a while and now I am back at home the roots on these small plants are about 20 cm long.

I want to cut the small plants off and re-pot them but I don't know what to do about the long roots? I would need a very large pot to make sure the roots are not damaged, but the plant itself is very small. Each of the new plants has a flower spike already.

Any advice would be brilliant and please ask me any questions if you need to know more.

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Nice keikis! When you remove the small plants, leave a bit of the stem from the parent with the keiki, just to help with stability. Then soak the whole keiki in water, or even better, a solution of kelp fertilizer (to promote root growth). The roots will become more pliable when thoroughly soaked. You will be able to carefully bend the long roots to circle the inside of your pot. I think of it as "screwing the plant into the pot". Just keep turning the whole plant until you can work the roots into the pot you want to use, then add your medium to fill in the center, which will probably be mostly empty. Good luck!
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Amazing, thank you!

I re-potted them over the weekend. The roots didn't go as bendy as I had imagined and a few snapped, hopefully I haven't done too much damage!

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Wonderful looking keikis, Silex. I'm about to re-pot one of my plants too so I'm sympathizing with your anxiety over this. At least I'm feeling anxious. haha
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