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Old 01-13-2016, 09:54 PM
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Suggestions on repotting.....

I have had the opportunity to purchase several Phalaenopsis "post bloom".
My question is, should I repot them? They all have good root growth and seem fine, but I do not know how long they have been in their current bark mix. Once they finish blooming, the shop puts them together in a large grouping and sets the containers up near their west facing front window. They do seem to take good care of them...watering and keeping them out of direct sun, but my "assumption" is they are in the same bark mix that they arrived at the shop in and I don't know how long the plants have been there. I've read that I shouldn't repot during the winter unless absolutely necessary, but thought I would ask for experienced advice. I should also mention that most of them are developing new leaves, too. So.....reading that one should repot when new growth starts, but not in winter has totally confused me.
I almost forgot.......a couple of the plants also seem a bit "wobbly" in their pots, too, and I was thinking I should repot those so that they are set more securely in the bark mix.
I welcome all suggestions.
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I would repot promptly. They are growing, which is the time to repot. I don't know about the "don't repot in winter" idea, since the phals are not out in the winter! It will give you a chance to inspect the roots, and since they are post-bloom you know they have been in the pot for a while.
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Thank you very much for the quick response and I will happily take your advice (since it is what I had hoped to hear).
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Phals are not really fussy about when you repot, but as Fishmom says, while they are growing is optimum timing.
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I usually pot up new orchids right away because I kill things in bark, moss and plastic pots. I never have quite figured out how to grow that way. I did make an exception recently for the Phal amabilis that came in bud as that one is a tough orchid. I will wait until the blooms drop. I do check on the roots now and then and they look good.
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