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One more question about repotting!

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    Is it okay to repot orchids when they're in bloom? Will repotting during blooming shorten flower life/cause damaging stress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidaddict789
    Is it okay to repot orchids when they're in bloom? Will repotting during blooming shorten flower life/cause damaging stress?
    Hi Lily,

    I've repotted plants before while they were in bloom and didn't encounter any problems. I was very careful to not disturb the roots, though. I repotted blooming paphs and the flowers stayed in bloom for 10 weeks, so I don't think I shortened their flowering period. Hope this helps and good luck!

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    I repotted my monster of a Paph. Berenice just after I got it and it had arrived with 5 blooms, one bumped off in shipping. I am down to the last lonely bloom and think that due to the stress of shipping from CA and repotting it did shorten the life of the blooms. However I also repotted my noid Paph. and that last bloom has been on as long as all the others. So, it probably depends a bit on the situation. I always had heard "never repot a plant in spike" but have learned to just do the deed when I get it. Live and learn!

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    Well..i'm not an expert on repotting..seeing how i've only done it twice before but i've repotted a Phal that was in bloom and the flowers lasted 1,5 months after that (it had been in bloom for about a month when i repotted it)
    I guess it's a risk one takes....

    If you want to repot due to bad media or root loss then i would definitly do it, otherwise i would wait until the plant's done blooming.
    But then again I've heard from alot of ppl that they repot immediately after they buy a plant.

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    Some may disagree, but it is my opinion that gently repotting a *healthy* plant in spike/bloom will not harm the flowers. I always repot immediately when getting a plant because I don't want to deal with the risk of root rot that arises from the clash of diff. medium and my conditions. I have never had a problem with the flowers/buds when the plant is healthy--only if the plant has iffy roots to begin with, or bugs, or something else.

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    Thanks for the responses!

    I asked the question because I have two phals that's potted in sphagnum peat moss, which, I think, should not be given to orchids because it's likely to cause root rot. So far, the phals are fine as I can see the roots through the transparent pot. I've been very careful about watering. Each phal has one spike of flowers that has bloomed for a little over one month. I don't know...don't want to risk flowers, nor the roots. Maybe roots have #1 priority, but I want to see flowers too!

    Maybe it's repotting time? Or should I wait?
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    Personally, I've turned into one who'd save the roots first. Have you thought of cutting the spikes and enjoying them in a vase? I did that w/ my phal that was starting to get rotted roots, and the blooms lasted a long long time after I cut them, maybe as much as another month, and the plant is happy now w/ 2 new leaves and new roots.

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    some people have tremendous success with that peat stuff--I don't and I would get it out of that stuff immediately. The one word of warning is that if you repot from a mix that is constantly wet into one that is much dryer (i.e. medium bark), the plant may go through an adjustment period when it's not pulling in as much water and the flowers *may* or may not suffer. In the long run, with proper watering and shading and all that, the plant will adapt to its new medium by absorbing more water.

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    I repot all my new orchids when I bring them home, blooms or no blooms. I have never had any ill effects (nor have my orchids ). If it needs to be done, then do it. If media is so broken down and the plant is in flower, it will be just as thankful for new bark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidaddict789
    Thanks for the responses!

    I asked the question because I have two phals that's potted in sphagnum peat moss, which, I think, should not be given to orchids because it's likely to cause root rot. So far, the phals are fine as I can see the roots through the transparent pot. I've been very careful about watering. Each phal has one spike of flowers that has bloomed for a little over one month. I don't know...don't want to risk flowers, nor the roots. Maybe roots have #1 priority, but I want to see flowers too!

    Maybe it's repotting time? Or should I wait?
    Thanks
    I cut the spike of an ailing phal and put it in a bud vase. The blooms stayed fresh for 3 weeks!! So, I'd choose roots and cut the spike anyday.

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