Do I really need to repot my orchid?
If you want it to rebloom, then the answer is yes.
Orchids need fresh mix to stimulate new root and shoot development. Overtime, bark begins to breakdown, clogging up the pore space, thus reducing the air to the roots. It also releases large quantities of nitrogen, weakening the root structure. As it weakens, the orchid continues to be less likely to rebloom.
Timing is Everything:
Your orchid needs to be repotted after the completion of the blooming cycle. We recommend that this is done annually to promote new roots and foliage growth.
Selecting the Correct Mix:
Gubler’s Orchid Grow Mix is ideal for all orchids, so the choice becomes, Fine or Coarse?
Simple Potting Instructions:
Use a new container that is one size larger from the current pot. Inexpensive plastic pots or clay pots can be used, provided that your choice has good drainage.
(If you prefer a decorative ceramic or glass container, be certain that your orchid does not sit in water. Use of pebbles or decorative stones may be used to help prevent any problems).
Remove the orchid from the pot, cutting the plastic pot if necessary. Gently separate the roots to free all of the old mix. There will be some brown, mushy roots or possibly shriveled dry roots which will need to be cut off. These roots are beginning to die but are part of the normal growth cycle. Your plant should still have several long healthy roots remaining, which may need to be trimmed back to approximately 6″ long.
Position the older, generally smaller growths toward one end of the pot’s rim. Since flowering occurs off of the new growth, you’ll want those new growths to be toward the center of the pot, providing them with the extra space as well as balance for the future flower spikes. These new growths are typically lighter in color.
Pot the orchid into the new mix by holding the plant in one hand while filling the mix into the pot with the other. Gently shake the pot to make sure that the bark gets as far into the pot as possible. Use your thumbs to compact the mix as well. The base of the orchid should be level with the bark. *For easier compacting of the mix, soak your orchid mix prior to using.
Water your repotted orchid heavily. This will further pack down the mix, while washing away small particles.
Also, remember to feed with Gubler’s Pro Blend Orchid Food for a healthier, stronger orchid who will want to rebloom year after year.
Fine Grade is ideal for Phalaenopsis, Cymbidiums, Paphiopedliums, Oncidinnae and Terrestrial orchids. Most intergeneric orchids benefit from this mix as well. Any type of orchid seedling that is 3″ (7 oz) or smaller should be grown in Fine Mix. Look for the bag with the blue bar.
Coarse Grade is the right choice for Cattleya, Dendrobium, Vanda and Epiphytic orchids. These larger pieces of fir bark enable increased airflow to the roots thus strengthening their overall structure. This Coarse Grade can also be used as an accent in small garden beds. The bag with the pink bar is what you're looking for.