Choosing the right pot for your orchids is important for many reasons. Besides the obvious fact that it needs to be a good size, you will need to select a material that can support the weight of the plant and its roots.
If you live in a humid climate, you may wish to consider a clay pot. They can help retain moisture and are generally safe to use.
The best orchid pots will have holes and slits to allow air and water to flow freely. They should also be deep enough to accommodate the root structure. This allows for optimal drainage.
Depending on the type of orchid you have, you may need to replace your potting soil every year or so. In general, you can use normal potting soil or combine it with other potting mediums.
If you plan on growing orchids indoors, you will need to add extra humidity to your room. This is usually done with a humidifying tray. You can also add rainwater to your plants.
If you are planning to re-pot your orchids, you may want to invest in a premium potting mix. This will ensure that the plants stay happy and healthy.
Orchids require a lot of care and attention. In addition to a well-designed pot, you will need to provide the right amount of light and humidity. You should avoid watering your orchids too heavily. If you notice that the leaves are wrinkly, this could be an indication that your plant is overwatered.
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Repot Orchids in Bark
Whether you want to repot your orchid in a new pot or simply clean it out, there are a few essential steps you should follow. Orchids are very sensitive plants that can be prone to disease and infections. It is important to repot your orchid in the correct way to avoid damaging the roots.
Orchids should be kept in a sunny location with plenty of air circulation. After you have removed the old potting mix and leaves, make sure to thoroughly sterilize your tools. This will kill any disease vectors and ensure a safe environment for your plant.
You may have to cut the orchid’s roots in order to remove it from its old pot. Be careful when cutting, however. Do not cut at the rim of the pot. This can break the root ball, leaving it hollow and soggy. Instead, tap the bottom of the pot gently to loosen the roots.
If the roots are soggy, you can soak them in water for an hour or so. Then, rinse them under the faucet. This will ensure they have enough water for your plant.
You can also use tree bark as an orchid potting medium. This is especially beneficial for monopodial orchids. It is not a good idea to use sphagnum moss. The moss keeps too much water around the roots.
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