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A woefully tiny pot for a blooming plant...

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    Question A woefully tiny pot for a blooming plant...

    Hi! I'm new to the forums and orchids in general! My husband and I picked up a Phal (thank goodness for abbreviations) last month on Valentines. It had two blooms at the time and signs of an up and coming bloom. A month later and it is now sporting 8 blooms with no signs of stopping! Good news in a way except that the pot it came in can no longer support the plant's top heavy weight.

    I've read quite a bit about orchids over the past month and this morning I found this website! I understand the methods of re-potting my plant. However, my plant is in full bloom (the worst time to re-pot). But, I fear that a plant that constantly falls over won't stay healthy for long.

    Should I re-plant so it can continue to grow in size or leave it be? If the blooming season is several months... is re-potting my only option for keeping her upright?

    Sorry for being so wordy, I don't want to endanger my beautiful plant but I'm tired of picking her up off of the floor =( I'd appreciate any advice on what to do!

    Thank you!!

    -Crystal

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    Crystal, hello and welcome. You can repot your phal, no worries. If your orchid has many buds left on it, just do not disturb the roots too much. It should be just fine.

    Cheers,
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    Default Yay!

    Thank you so much for the reply! I'll do my best to not disturb the roots!
    Here's to having a happy and healthy orchid!

    I hope to keep learning as I read the forums, thank you again!

    -Crystal

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    You can also weight the pot with a heavy object such as a rock laid on top of the medium until the blooming cycle is finished.

    Susan

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    Or, as with top heavy dendrobiums you can sit the pot it's in, into a larger clay pot. It will help keep it sitting upright until it's time to repot.

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    I do what Connie does. Clay pots really help plants when they are top heavy!
    Enjoy your phal!!

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