When additionally I have learned that there are also fragrant ones – I was done!
Producers produce them and we keep killing them until we learn how to take care.
Do you know who is expert? This is somebody that made all possible mistakes in the narrow field – that is famous quotation from Niels Bohr.
Get yourself new orchid – it will help you to survive until spring and will give you lots of joy reblooming, when next winter comes.
Your Phalaenopsis should be repotted every 2-3 years – the reason is substratum, not the plant itself. You need to do it and don’t worry that it will not rebloom – your orchid will be happy to have better conditions and you will see new shots soon.
When orchid should be repotted:
==> Substratum reaches certain state of decomposition and is about to loose its ability to dry fast, it also seems to be more dense.
==> Pieces of substratum is covered with sediments – this means that either you are using too much fertilizer or water contains too many minerals. Use soft water – it can be just boiled water and used after cooling down.
==> There is a lot of moss inside, I mean really too much. If you see some if it – there is no need to worry.
When is the best time to repot and orchid?
==> Time right after the blooming is finished.
==> Time of fastest growth - in the spring.
Size of the pot matters?
Rather keep your orchid in similar size pot – could be exactly the same. Decision is yours and fully depends on amount of green healthy roots the plant produced. Pot can’t be filled mostly with roots – it needs at least 50% of substratum in order to keep the moist long enough.
Water the plant the day before you plan the repotting, so the roots will get back best turgor and will stay firm. While out of the pot examine the roots. Keep only green, healthy ones. Roots of lighter colors are dead – cut them back at the base. Use disinfected tool for cutting. After placing in new pot, don’t water the plant for about 2 weeks – in this time the wounds will close.
If you will use the same pot or the new one – wash it carefully before placing your Phalaenopsis there. On the bottom of the pot place first the drainage – bigger pieces of substratum, then place gently the roots wrapping them around inside. Do not push substratum inside between the roots, rather tap the pot gently, and pieces of substratum will find its place.
How to fertilize Phalaenopsis
There is many different producers of the fertilizers – my advice is to switch them – don’t get stuck with just one, until you see the difference – this make take few years of experience. You don’t need to buy all of them at the same time, but if you finish one, buy different next time.
General rules of fertilizing orchid:
==> Use only ¼ of dose recommended by producer and fertilize every 2 weeks up to every 4 weeks. If you water your orchid every 2 weeks add ¼ of dose to every watering, sometimes every second watering.
==> It is better to fertilize your orchid seldom than too much. It is very difficult for an orchid to recover after too much fertilizing.
==> Every 4th fertilizing, rinse the substratum, so the water flowing through will remove sediments remained after fertilizing.
If you are looking for information on what’s most important factor for reblooming your orchidea, you will find my post covering that topic here.
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