Orchids make the perfect houseplants — they’re stylish, long-lasting and easy to care for. They’ll continue to bloom for years with minimal effort.
After years of living in the same space, things might get cramped. And the same can be said for your moth orchid. Refresh your orchid – and let it spread its roots – by giving it a new home and repotting it.
Orchids generally need to be repotted once a year. The best time to repot is just after flowering, or when new growth appears.
You’ll know it’s time to repot if any of these reasons apply to you:
- Your orchid has tightly tangled roots. It’s normal for Phalaenopsis orchids to have loosely tangled roots. This is a surefire sign your orchid needs to be repotted. Give plants breathing room by placing it in a larger pot every year or two with fresh potting soil.
- It’s been a while since you’ve repotted. Orchids need fresh potting mix every year or so.
This continues to provide plants with the best nutrients and encourages proper air circulation. Soil that is not replaced can retain more water, leading to root rot and leaving your orchid vulnerable to fungal diseases.
- Your orchid’s roots are soft and brown. If you truly waited too long to repot, you’ll notice that your orchid is holding too much water. The roots will appear brown and feel soft to the touch. Fresh orchid potting mix will provide your plant with the environment it needs to stay happy and healthy.
Think it’s time to repot? Follow the steps below to give your orchid the space and soil it needs to keep growing happy and healthy.
How to repot orchids:
- Choose the right medium. We suggest using Espoma Organic Orchid Mix. For best results, pre-soak orchid mix for 24 hours and allow water to drain.
- Remove orchid from current container and trim dead roots from the plant.
- Fill container to one third full with orchid mix.
- Position single stem plants in the center of the new pot. Position multi-stem plants against the pot wall. Staking may be required until the plants are fully established.
- Gently cover roots with additional mix and fill pot to 1/2 inch below rim.
- Water thoroughly. Add more mix if setting occurs.
Is your orchid telling you it needs to be repotted? Watch this video to learn how!