How to properly transplant an orchid: detailed instructions
Despite their certain capriciousness and some difficulties in care, orchids remain very popular indoor plants. And even a not-so-experienced gardener can handle the flower, because the Internet has collected a lot of life hacks on what exactly to do to provide it with the best conditions.
Thus, OBOZ.UA has put together a step-by-step algorithm on how to transplant an orchid. If you do everything according to the instructions, it will help to make it bloom again before the onset of winter.
What you will need
A new pot - it should be slightly larger than the previous one, because orchids like to have a little free space around the roots.
Fresh substrate - it should be a well-drained mixture, such as bark, sphagnum moss, perlite, or even ready-made orchid soil.
Secateurs or scissors - you will need a sharp tool to carefully remove dead or damaged roots. Don't forget to disinfect it before you start.
Gloves - also take care to protect your hands.
Orchid fertilizer - you will need it to root the plant well.
Water - the fresh substrate will need to be soaked, for this you will need several liters of settled water at room temperature.
Step-by-step instructions for transplanting an orchid
Make sure that your plant is not in bloom and does not plan to bloom - in this case, it must not be disturbed. Also, wipe the surface where you will be transplanting clean and lay out all the tools and materials. And this is the further algorithm of actions.
Step one: remove the orchid from its current pot
Carefully remove the orchid from the pot so as not to damage the roots. You can do this by simply turning the pot over. If the flower is stuck, pry its assembly clean with a tool.
Step two: inspect the roots
Take a close look at the roots of the plant. Cut off anything dead, rotten, or damaged with a clean, sharp tool. Healthy roots should be firm, green or silvery white.
Step three: soak the new substrate
Before placing the flower in its new substrate, soak it in room temperature water for about 30 minutes to allow it to absorb enough moisture. Then let the excess water drain off.
Step four: Prepare the new pot
Place a layer of substrate on the bottom of the new pot. The exact amount will depend on the size and type of orchid.
Step five: place the orchid in the new pot
Insert the flower into the new container, making sure it is at the same level as in the old pot. Carefully fill the remaining space around the orchid with fresh substrate. Don't fill it too tightly - the roots need air to stay healthy.
Step six: secure the orchid
You may need pegs or clamps to secure the orchid if it is heavy.
Step seven: take care of proper watering and fertilization
Water the transplanted orchid well, allowing the water to drain freely from below. After repotting, do not fertilize for a few weeks to allow the orchid to adapt. Then resume your normal fertilization schedule.
Step eight: place in a suitable environment
Place the flower in a place where it will get plenty of sun, won't freeze, and will have sufficiently humid air.
Step nine: care
Continue to care for the orchid as usual, adjusting the watering and care regimen if necessary.
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