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Would you say it's time to repot ?

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    Default Would you say it's time to repot ?

    75 % of the outside of this pot looks like it's choked with roots.

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    The picture of it from the top has a few roots I question as stated on the photo.

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    Is it time to repot?
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    The roots look pretty good to my mostly untrained eye. Is the mix wet or is it broken down? I repot my phals after they bloom mostly. When was it last repotted? I like to get mine out of the store mix as soon as I can.

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    The roots look great. If its been in the same pot for two or more years, yes, I'd repot. The shriveled up roots are dead and can be trimmed off. The reason I say repot is that the bark does break down over a couple of years and should be replaced. I'd move it up a pot size, put it back in the same media (only fresh) and keep doing the same things to it. It looks great!

    I finally started a notebook to keep track of my orchids, I can't remember when I last potted them! Most of my Phals are in ceramic pots with a lot of decorative air holes in the sides, hard to see the roots, but I figure to repot every couple of years to keep the media from breaking down. I'm sure some of mine have gone longer than I'd like and others don't need it, I'm no longer certain which ones are what! That's what happens when you get too many orchids and you get too old...

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    Thanks Carol, can't say how long it's been in the pot, or how old the media is - brought it home from the grocery store a couple months ago. The diameter of the old bloom spikes was huge, the leaves look really healthy and I thought the roots in the pot looked good. Wasn't sure. Will repot soon to slightly bigger pot. (P.S. Found great site for ceramic orchid pots and it's a good source for every kind of supplies!)

    Traci, Carol has a notebook for her orchids too... I agree with you about repotting after getting new plants home. Thanks, T

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    Oh yes, if you just bought it and its that big, I'd repot whenever I could. I usually watch purchases (from anywhere) closely and try to let them quit blooming and start some roots before I pot them up, but if there is any question, I do it right away. I forgot to ask if it has some new roots starting, that's important for repotting. It certainly looks good enough to wait if it doesn't.

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    Most of the phals prefer to be under potted. I would repot only if the medium is broken other wise I would leave it as is.

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    Thanks ksriramkumar, the bark does look old. It's stained white when it's dry and turns black when it's wet though the plant looks very healthy. It's very top heavy too.

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