From time to time, orchids will need to be repotted. Learn how to easily repot your orchid even if this if your first time.
What you need to repot an orchid
Step by step guide to repotting an orchid
- Wait until your orchid has stopped blooming. Repotting an orchid while it still has flowers on it can shock your orchid and cause the flowers to fall off. If your orchid has roots that look unhealthy, you can repot it even with the flowers still on it. Ideally though, you should wait.
- Carefully remove your orchid from its pot. Grab at the base of the orchid and lift up gently while squeezing the pot to loosen everything. If your orchid isn't coming out of your pot, check the bottom to see if a root is stuck.
- Examine the roots for any sign of root rot. Unhealthy roots will look soggy brown and sometimes even black. They can sometimes still be green, but they will be squishy when squeezed. Cut these off and discard. (A healthy root will feel hard and won't get soggy when squeezed.)
- Pick out a new pot that has plenty of holes in the bottom and sides to help with air flow and drainage. We like these slotted orchid pots.
- Add about an inch of potting medium into the bottom of your pot. Then, carefully place your orchid back into the pot. With one hand holding the orchid, use your other hand to add potting medium into the pot around the roots.
- Tap and squeeze the pot to help the potting mix fall down into the pot (This helps prevent air pockets). Then continue adding the medium until the orchid pot is filled.
Why orchids need to be repotted?
- Needs fresh potting mix (which is why it's important to use one of these best orchid potting mixes)
- Orchid roots are overcrowding
- Root rot
Should orchids be routinely repotted?
Yes! Orchids typically need to be repotted once every couple of years. This is because the potting mix will deteriorate or the roots will start to overcrowd.
Sometimes though you will have to do this more often. Especially if your orchid has root rot.
Unfortunately a lot of garden centers don't know how to water orchids properly, so you might need to repot your orchid right after buying.
You can learn all about properly caring for your orchid here (along with the proper way to water).