I found my favorite orchid medium online and my order arrived in no time , so I’m able to repot some of my orchids which are a little desperate.
As you can see it’s a mixture of kiwi bark and ceramic pebbles. I’m a huge fan of this.
The pieces are also big enough to allow circulation and good drainage.
I had been experimenting with various media and some new inorganic media. Needless to say I have some opinions about the variation in hydration between the various substances ( but that’s a post for another day. )
So, one of my awesome dendrobiums was desperate for a repot as well as the little unidentified “Cambria” orchid I bought a couple of weeks ago on sale (it’s blooms were finished, I always repot when they finish blooming after i buy them). I thought I’d share how I repot an orchid.
My kit includes a tray (so husband doesn’t get upset by dead orchid roots and dirt everywhere), clean scissors, pots and media.
I add extra holes in my pots with a hot nail to ensure good drainage and good air circulation, it also helps with even drying in the media so there aren’t patches which are always wet.
Next I remove the orchid from its pot, it usually helps to soak it before hand, means more flexible roots and less damage.
I then remove the old media from the roots, gently teasing it with my fingers and using jets of water from the tap.
At this point the root structure is visible and I can assess the roots and remove dead ones (usually brown and squishy)
What I’m left with are the good roots, healthy and hydrated
As you can see I start with little media in the pot and then I position my orchid with any new growths in the center of the pot and fill in the media around the roots.
The result…. a happy stable orchid.
In my opinion it’s good practice to change the media, make sure it’s fresh and right for your plant. It also allows you to assess the root structure of the plants so you know the health of your orchids. The whole process is not too hard, not is it excessively time consuming. I figure if I spent all that money on my orchids I should make sure they are going to thrive and of course…. bloom 😊