For re-potting an Orchid that has outgrown its pot follow our step by step guide.
First choose a pot that is slightly larger than the existing pot. Always use a bark or coir based medium for re-potting, never use a peat based compost.
1 - Orchid that needs repotting.
2 - Squeeze and deform the old pot so you can easily remove the orchid.
3 - Gently remove all the old bark and open up the roots.
4 - Rinsing gently in lukewarm water will help wash out all the bark pieces.
5 - The orchid after rinsing.
6 - Cut off any dead or damaged roots and dead flower stems with a sterile knife or scissors. Trim any lengthy roots to about 15 cm (6").
7 - You will need a new pot one size larger than the old one, or you might need to use a pot of the same size if you remove a lot of roots. Place a thin layer of new bark in the bottom of the new pot.
8 - Lower the roots into the roots into the pot, holding the orchid in the centre of the pot with one hand (with only the roots below the rim of the pot), filling the spaces around the roots with new bark.
9 – Holding the orchid in place, add more bark while shaking the pot to ensure that all the spaces are filled and firm down the bark.
10 - Spray the plant and top of the bark with Orchid Myst or with water. This will reduce the moisture lost through the foliage. Give the plant a few days to allow the damaged or bruised roots to heal and then resume normal watering.
11 - Place the newly potted Orchid in a warm light position, out of direct sunlight.