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repotting while in bloom

This is a discussion on repotting while in bloom within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I'd like to find out why some folks advise against repotting while in bloom and ...

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    Red face repotting while in bloom

    I'd like to find out why some folks advise against repotting while in bloom and why others say it shouldn't hurt a thing. What is the best advice? I have a NOID phal in full bloom with 2 spikes that needs repotting so badly. I just don't want to mess with a good thing.

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    As with anything in orchid growing there is a wide range of opinions and experiences. Any time you repot plants in bloom there is the possibility of losing the flowers early, but it may or may not happen depending on the situation. I personally avoid repotting plants in bloom unless the life of the plant is in jeopardy. If there is a choice of losing the plant or losing the flowers, I would repot the plant to save it. I had a Catt last year that was in sheath, but roots were really bad when I got it. You can read what happened here:

    In general, Paphs seem to be really tolerant of repotting even in spike. I have one that was received bare root as a bonus plant and had a bud almost ready to open. I went ahead and potted it up and the bud opened without blasting. I was quite surprised. If you expect the worst and it doesn't happen
    then things are extra good .


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    Susan is right on. Go ahead and repot. Try your best to disturb the roots the least about possible. Your plant should be just fine. Good luck.


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    I agree with Orchidlady - you can never predict plant's reaction. Last year I repotted just bought Phal with two(!) spikes of 4 inches long each. I tried my best do not desturb it. But plant just "frose" after that - spikes didn't grow a mm for a whole year! They didn't fall off either, so finally I just cut them off trying to give plant some rest.

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