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Does this orchid need a repot?

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    Default Does this orchid need a repot?

    Hi I'm VERY new to orchid growing, and inherited this orchid when I moved into my current flat. I've had it for about a year now, and thanks to your forum I've learned that orchids do need to be re-potted. I'm pretty sure my plants a bit root-bound. Unfortunately my orchid is in the middle of blooming from two spikes. Should I wait until its done blooming (hopefully in the winter, although its been blooming non-stop since I got it)?

    Also it seems to have a large amount of aerial roots, and I'm not sure what to do about them, especially when it comes time to re-pot, as I'm not sure they will fit into a new pot without breaking them.

    Thank you in advance for your help and advice! I've attached some pictures to help visualize my problem

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    Carrie,That is one happy plant. It looks great. I can't offer any advice. You might want to take a look at this thread about repotting a phalaenopsis. I don't know about repotting this plant? I'm sure someone else will chime in. Even though for some reason very few comment on my posts ? Have Fun,Rich

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    Carrie, your should probably wait until the plant is through blooming (though I have had to repot a phalaenopsis in bloom like that, because it came in some awful peaty medium). The pot size looks good and the aerial roots look very healthy too. I can't really tell from the picture, what the condition of the roots and the medium in the pot might be. There seems to be at least one healthy looking green root in the pot. Looking at your pictures, I would suggest that you wait until the plant is done with blooming [U]unless[U] the medium in the pot is grungy and cruddy. I would leave the aerial roots free and not try to stuff them into the medium.

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    Good advice from Gita! If the bark around your roots is not decaying and crumbling into small pieces, your phal should be fine as it is. Phals LIKE to be rootbound. Looks like you are taking very good care of this lovely plant.

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    All I can say is WOW, what a beauty.

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    I agree, repotting is required when this one is done blooming.

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    It's sort of hard to tell for sure from the pic, but it looks like there are dead roots in the pot and medium is past its prime. You may want to let it dry out a little bit more. If the medium in the pot has become unattractive, that can be a reason why it is growing so many aerial roots.

    I agree on repotting once it has finished blooming. Generally it is good to wait for some active root growth before repotting, which is usually in the spring, but in the case of questionable roots I wouldn't wait for spring. It may not need a larger pot though, just some pruning of dead roots and freshening the potting material.

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