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size of pot, location, and watering

This is a discussion on size of pot, location, and watering within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi all, i recently repotted my plant, i now know what to do about the ...

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    Hi all, i recently repotted my plant, i now know what to do about the dead roots etc from the re-potting threads, so i am going to tackle that this afternoon. But my question is my pot. It is fairly large, will this affect the roots absorbing water?
    My plant has always stood upright, but since repotting it leans, especially if i am to leave my potting mix a little lower than the base of the plant, does this affect my plant?
    I live in the uk where it is cold and damp. I have my plant on the windowsill, is this the correct location?
    How do i water it, previsouly i have been pouring water with feed mixed in it around the plant and on the roots poking out about every 2 weeks.
    Thankyou

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    Hi emily,
    I'd like to share my experience with you though my English is poor.
    1.what kind of orchid are you going to repot? If it's a terrestrial orchid like paphiopedilum then you need smaller size of mix and a epiphytic orchid like cattleya need larger size mix.
    2.Large pot affect the growth of roots. Small pot is easy to dry in one or two days. Roots of orchid don't like the mix wet all the day.
    3.Fix the orchid. If the orchid is easy to move,then its roots will be easily demaged.that will afect the plant.
    4.Make sure that your orchid is safe in the temperature you grow.
    Windowsill is a correct location.But when temerature is too low,orchids should be taken to a place that warm enough.Much less
    water is needed in cold weather.
    5.Don't water it before the mix is completly dry.100-200ppm of fertilizer can be spray on the orchid often after the new roots growing.

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