How To Separate An Overgrown Orchid
When It's Time To Repot
So, your favorite orchid has overgrown it's pot. Now what? Well the first thing to do is to figure out what you are going to do. Are you going to divide the plant or are you going to re-pot it into a bigger pot?
The good thing about re-potting is that it means you must be doing something right. You are able to grow your plant so it keeps expanding.
With this lens, I will share with you some tips and trick for working with an overgrown plant and how to re-pot it so that you can continue to enjoy your plant.
The images on this lens are mine they are taken of my plants with my iPhone.
Some Things You Will Need For Your Operation
You will need some disposable gloves to protect your plant from getting any diseases or viruses.
You will need to use a fresh one of these on each cut especially if you are cutting away diseased portions.
This is a beautiful pot which will showcase any beautiful orchid!
Gather everything you will need.
The plant you are re-potting
A new pot
Fresh razor blades
New potting medium
Tag for identification
Put on gloves
Remove plant from the pot
With a fresh razor remove any dead roots and shake away any degraded potting medium
If you are going to split up the plant use a new fresh razor. Separate so you have at least three bulbs or growths for each 'new' plant
Prepare your new pot with fresh potting medium
Water the medium
Place the plant in the medium and shake in the new medium
Spray the plant and the medium with neem oil diluted in water - This will protect the plant down the road
Lightly pack the medium around the roots so the plant is steady
Do not put the medium higher than the crown of the plant
If the plant is still wobbly you may use a stake to keep it steady
Use a plant tag to write down the name - Don't forget this step you will want to know later!
Now step away and leave it alone. Don't water again for 7-10 days to give it a break
I Want To Know! - Do you separate your plant or move it to a bigger pot?
What do you do when your plant over runs it's pot?