Time To re-pot Orchids

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October is a good month to think about caring for your orchids as many orchids have finished flowering and are about to go into their major growth period.

Cymbidium Care

Cymbidiums are the most popular orchids. They’re the ones with the tall flower spikes and bulbous swellings at the base of the long strappy leaves. This is the best time of year to tidy them up and get them ready for the new growing season.

Start by taking a good look at the orchid to see if the clump is crowded enough to need dividing. Sometimes this decision is easy: the bulbous bases are so crowded together that they’re almost bursting out of the pot. Or there are a lot of dead bulbs in the pot. With either of these situations, it’s worth re-potting. But don’t rush into it – a plant can stay in the same pot for a number of years. And remember, after orchids have been divided it can take two or three years for them to reach flowering stage again.

How to re-pot your Cymbidium Orchid:

Caring For Other Orchids

Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis spp) are becoming increasingly popular. These can be kept indoors permanently in a well lit position but will, once it’s reliably warm, appreciate a spell outdoors in a lightly shaded spot. These plants really appreciate humidity, so keep them well watered in hot weather and mist over the leaves regularly. Moth orchids can produce new shoots and buds from the stem that flowered last year, so only trim dead sections from flowering shoots.

Moth orchids can be re-potted into fine orchid bark every three years or so. Feed during the warmer months with Yates Orchid Food every two weeks or Thrive Flower & Fruit. Watch for mealy bugs – a Yates Rose Gun Advanced will take care of most of the common pests and diseases, including mealy bug.

Slipper orchids, so-named because their flowers resemble a dainty piece of lady’s footwear, will appreciate similar care. A break outdoors can be good for these plants, too, but, because they’re naturally understorey dwellers, they can tolerate more shade.

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