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Should I repot this orchid?

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    Hey just wondering if it's time for me to repot this orchid? I've never repotted one before but this one seems pretty big for the pot, also it has a ton of roots. It's always done really well but doesn't seem to be producing any new blooms at the moment and I'm beginning to think that if I do repot it, it might do a little better for me. Any ideas?

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    I would only repot when you have too many dead roots in the pot or the medium starts to decay The fact that it does not flower may be caused by lack of good light the position of the plant it seems a little dark and the leaves look a little floppy

    I would also cut of the old spike

    Good luck and am sure you get it i flower again


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    Almost any orchid that hasn't been repotted in the last year and is in a bark mix is due (probably overdue) for repotting. If you wait to see dead roots or decay you have already let the plant begin to go dowhill. There are some exceptions for types that resent repotting etc. but that doesn't apply to a Phalaenopsis. Late fall into winter is the most natural time for most standard hybrid Phals to initiate new spikes, so it might just be waiting for the season. If you have a place near a window where it will get a bit cooler at night that might help too. I do agree that it looks like it might need a bit more sun. I assume you fertilize it at least once in a while?

    Is that some kind of squash next to the pot? Ripening fruits and veggies whould be kept away from most plants. They release ethylene gas that has hormonal effects on plants, triggering leaf and bud drop sometimes. Just best to avoid the proximity.

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    almcall816 is offline Junior Member
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    Thanks for your help! Yes, I do add an orchid fertilizer to the water every couple of weeks but in regards to the light, I just recently moved and also had my orchids outside on a screened in porch during the summer where they seemed to be thriving. However, because of the colder weather (living in Indiana) I have been struggling to find a good room in the house where they can get more sunlight. Also I am worried they are not getting the amount of humidity that they need. So any suggestions about this would also greatly be appreciated. But I will definitely remove it from by the produce, thanks for warning me I had no idea!

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