How to Repot an Orchid
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Posted on October 22, 2018

How to Repot an Orchid

To keep your orchid blooming every year and healthy, it should be repotted regularly. Repotting orchids is easy enough, just different from plants grown in soil. Here are some signs an orchid is due for repotting:

  • There are multiple roots growing beyond the pot.
  • The potting mix has deteriorated.
  • It’s planted in the wrong type of potting mix or container.

Choose a Container & Bark

Orchids like their roots snug to the pot edge, so if you choose to go with a larger pot only go up one size. Orchid pots with vent holes in the side are a nice option because they give the roots exposure to air, but simple clay pots are one of the best choices. Bags of orchid bark mix can be found in the same area as soil at most garden centers.


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Once your orchid is repotted, it should flourish once again! For ways to extend the flowering time of your orchid, check out our 7 Tips to Keep Phalaenopsis Orchids Blooming.

Blooming Phalaenopsis Orchids, Mini Purple Orchid

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How often should an orchid be repotted?

Phalaenopsis, the most common type of orchid, need fresh bark every one to two years.

Purple-Striped Phalaenopsis Orchid Flowers


TIP: Check your plant for pests, like the mealy bug shown below, when repotting your orchid.

Orchid with Mealy Bug Pest


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