Orchid Plants

Orchid Care

zilka51 added on October 30, 2012 | Answered

I have a common orchid from a supermarket, which has stopped blooming. Have cut down stem to half inch and is very healthy with 5 more shoots growing up and good new leaves. It is in a very small see through pot in bark. Do I repot it in a bigger one yet? It flowered this summer and should the transparent pot be exposed or is it ok in the ceramic pot it came in?

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Answered on November 6, 2012

zilka51, your orchid is probably a phalenopsis, or moth orchid. They usually prefer to be potbound to some degree. While some prefer to repot yearly, others like to repot as needed. I find that the phals tend to bloom with more spikes and blooms when slightly potbound...age of plant helps also. When the roots are coming out over the top of the pot and you think that there are more roots outside than inside, then is the time to repot! It is OK to leave the transparent container inside the ceramic, but orchids love air circulation. You might think about leaving it out until company is ccoming over.

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