Question and Answer

 FDrom Irving California USA
Subject: re-potting
Date sent: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 1

Thank you for this excvellent EWebsite.

We are quite new to California(L.A.) and to orchid growing.

With beginnr's luck, we have--in too heavy apot to take, conveniently, to a specialist--a LARGE plant which has flowered beautifully.

What to do now?

This is really my wife's bag. She will not touch the computer. I am willing to dare to hack this thing in half (or whatever) IF I can be reasonably ceertain of not ruining the entire plant!


Hi Irving,

You are experiencing every Husbands dilemma in Orchid Growing when the wife has an orchid.

I suggest you look at my page on repotting. If you know what type of orchid it is, then also read the appropriate culture page for that
plant, as that will give you more information.

If the plaint is still growing well, that do not repot until the spring, ideally as new growth starts - you can tell this when the roots get
light green tips to them. I would only repot in the winter if the plant is in serious condition, which it appears yours isn't.

You can cut the rhizome between the growths where you want to divide it now, and put an old label in the cut to stop problems. If it
is a very large plant, however this may not be easy as in the pot it may be difficult to see who it has grown. You need each piece to
be of reasonable size if you are to ensure it will flower next year.

I hope these general comments assist. If you can tell me exactly what type of orchid it is, I may be able to provide more information

For your potting mix you need to talk to a local grower or your> nursery locally. I presume that chopped bark would be available as
this is not internationally used, but remember that you do not repot into soil. Air must reach the roots, but moisture must be supplied, so you will have to check locally

Good luck

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