Repotting Season

Spring is on the way, which means I am already busy repotting. With the season bringing stronger sunlight and more warmth, most orchids start a cycle of growth. It’s the best time to replace old potting material and provide an open, fresh environment for new roots.

Years ago, I was shocked when I first saw an orchid expert repotting a plant. He pulled the orchid from the pot, and shook it clean of potting material. Then he took out a scissors and started cutting away, removing unhealthy and dead parts of the plant, including dead roots. It looked like the plant was being butchered! Of course, rough treatment like this takes a skilled hand so that healthy leaves and roots are not damaged. Nonetheless, repotting orchids creates a new respect for their toughness.

Phalaenopsis roots

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