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Potting: More than one orchid to a pot?

This is a discussion on Potting: More than one orchid to a pot? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi there, My phal . equestris has been blooming continuously for months and has set ...

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    Hi there,

    My phal. equestris has been blooming continuously for months and has set two keiki (I hope this means that it is happy!). When it is time to pot up the keiki, is it OK to pot them together with the mother plant (or just the two of the keiki together), or is that considered bad form? I only ask because smaller pots are sometimes knocked over in my home... (pets and gremlins). I do weigh down my pots with a couple of big stones in the bottom before potting the plants. Thanks!

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    I see no problem with potting up more than one of the same orchid in a pot. It will make for a bigger display. The only worry would be that you would probably be increasing the pot size and the amount of medium around the roots. Just be sure to adjust your watering schedule to match. Best of luck to you!

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    Yes, it is okay but be aware that according to AOS rules, the plant would no longer be qualified for judging. Only one plant in a pot is allowed. If you pot it separately, you then have trading fodder, LOL.

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    I have done this a lot, especially when I was really new, and have had mixed results. Some of the plants got a lot bigger than I realized, and it was overkill to have two plants together. Some just sat there and didn't want to grow--and I think it was because they were essentially overpotted, even though the pot looked about right for the two of them. Sometimes it gave a successful nice full look. So it depends. Probably it will be better overall for you if you just stick to one per pot. But I have some orchids I'm not too attached to that I like to put together casually, just for color. And that's kind of fun.

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