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Stress from repotting?

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    Default Stress from repotting?

    Just a general question. Is it possible or typical that a relatively healthy orchid would experience some stress after being repotted? I just repotted a Dendrobium Thanet Blue, which had dropped its last bloom and was healthy, with good leaves and no bad roots. Now about four days later I'm seeing a couple of yellowing leaves, one older leaf and one newer leaf. Is this just stress or could it be something else?

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    Generally, we look for active root growth as a signal that it is a good time to re-pot. My experience says that this is especially important for cattleya's. But yes, re-potting is stressful to the orchid. A bit less important for phalaenopsis'.

    Others can add their thoughts too.

    Active root growth is usually indicated by green tips on the end of the root. Some roots can be a color other than green too.
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    I concur with harvey. Repotting is stressful to orchids.

    Just like moving into a new house...we have to adjust.

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    Try repotting a rhynchostylis, and watch how long it 'sulks' before beginning to grow again. They already grow relatively slow, and repotting really sets it back.

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