Re-Potting Your Orchid
Potting is one of the most important operations in successful orchid growing. While orchids can be repotted anytime during the year, the best time to repot Orchids, particularly Cattleyas, is immediately after blooming and immediately before new roots and growth begins.
Do not over pot, as plant usually stays too wet. Divide plant behind forth pseudobulb and trim dead roots at bottom of base- leaving as many live white roots as possible. A good rule of thumb is to never divide a plant of less than six strong bulbs.
Read More on Re-Potting Your Orchid
How to Choose a Potting Media
The potting media you use should be based on the moisture needs of the particular orchid you are repotting. For instance Phalaenopsis orchids like a potting media which holds a bit more moisture than Cattleyas or Dendrobiums. As an example, let’s look at a couple of different orchid potting mixes from Better-Gro®.
Better-Gro® Special Orchid® Mix is an airy, quick-draining mix that is ideal for those orchids that like the media to dry quickly between watering. This media is ideal for most epiphytic orchids such as Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, etc.
Better-Gro® Phalaenopsis Mix is designed to drain well but holds moisture a little longer to meet the needs of Phalaenopsis orchids, which prefer a more constant level of moisture.
Many orchids can also be planted directly into a high grade sphagnum moss, such as Better-Gro® Orchid Moss.
More tips of choosing potting media for your Orchids