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How To Separate An Overgrown Orchid

Updated on August 2, 2014

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

Soft 'N Style Disposable Vinyl Gloves S, 25 ct
Soft 'N Style Disposable Vinyl Gloves S, 25 ct

You will need some disposable gloves to protect your plant from getting any diseases or viruses.

 
Feather 10 Razor Blades New Hi-Stainless Double Edge
Feather 10 Razor Blades New Hi-Stainless Double Edge

You will need to use a fresh one of these on each cut especially if you are cutting away diseased portions.

 
HomArt Rustic Terra Cotta Orchid Pot, Antique Red, 1-Count
HomArt Rustic Terra Cotta Orchid Pot, Antique Red, 1-Count

This is a beautiful pot which will showcase any beautiful orchid!

 
I got two plants out of one!
I got two plants out of one!

The Steps

Step 1

Gather everything you will need.

The plant you are re-potting

A new pot

Newspaper

Fresh razor blades

Disposable Gloves

New potting medium

Neem spray

Tag for identification

Water

Step 2

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

Step 3

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?

Here's some of the steps in pictures!

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2 for the price of one! I decided to keep the plants small and continue to enjoy them!This is the plant now in an overgrown pot. Clip off the dead roots. Use your razor blades to separate leaving at least three bulbs per cuttingHave everything prepared. Note all items are stacked on newspaper. Everything in here will be wrapped up and disposed in the trash. NOT in compost!Decide on a new pot before you start. If you have used this pot before make sure you clean and sterilize it the night before.Unpot the plant and keep all the material in the paper so you can clean it up easily!2 for the price of one! I decided to keep the plants small and continue to enjoy them!
2 for the price of one! I decided to keep the plants small and continue to enjoy them!
2 for the price of one! I decided to keep the plants small and continue to enjoy them!
This is the plant now in an overgrown pot. Clip off the dead roots. Use your razor blades to separate leaving at least three bulbs per cutting
This is the plant now in an overgrown pot. Clip off the dead roots. Use your razor blades to separate leaving at least three bulbs per cutting
Have everything prepared. Note all items are stacked on newspaper. Everything in here will be wrapped up and disposed in the trash. NOT in compost!
Have everything prepared. Note all items are stacked on newspaper. Everything in here will be wrapped up and disposed in the trash. NOT in compost!
Decide on a new pot before you start. If you have used this pot before make sure you clean and sterilize it the night before.
Decide on a new pot before you start. If you have used this pot before make sure you clean and sterilize it the night before.
Unpot the plant and keep all the material in the paper so you can clean it up easily!
Unpot the plant and keep all the material in the paper so you can clean it up easily!
2 for the price of one! I decided to keep the plants small and continue to enjoy them!
2 for the price of one! I decided to keep the plants small and continue to enjoy them!

What Is Your Experience In Repotting Your Orchids?

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    • Hairdresser007 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Jordan 

      4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Tom Maybrier: You should do a lens when you do it and show photos!

    • Tom Maybrier profile image

      Tom Maybrier 

      4 years ago

      I have an orchid that's sending out aerial roots like crazy! I can't wait to re-pot it.

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