How to Repot a Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth orchid)

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.
1 - Orchid that needs repotting.

 

2 - Gently remove the Orchid from the pot.
2 - Squeeze and deform the old pot so you can easily remove the orchid.

 

3 - Tease away the old bark from between the roots.
3 - Gently remove all the old bark and open up the roots.

 

4 - Rinse the roots in water.
4 - Rinsing gently in lukewarm water will help wash out all the bark pieces.

 

 

5 - The orchid after rinsing.
5 - The orchid after rinsing.

 

6 - Trim off dead and whithered roots with scissors.
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 - Put new clean bark in the bottom of the new pot. Leaving enough room for the Orchid to sit.
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 - Put the Orchid in to the 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 – Add more bark and gently firm down.
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 - Water 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.
11 - Place the newly potted Orchid in a warm light position, out of direct sunlight.