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Okay to re-pot this orchid?

This is a discussion on Okay to re-pot this orchid? within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hi all! I'm pretty much a newbie to orchids, so don't laugh if these are ...

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    Question Okay to re-pot this orchid?

    Hi all!

    I'm pretty much a newbie to orchids, so don't laugh if these are dumb questions!

    I bought two orchids a while ago. I'm really happy with how they have seemed to progress (aka that they haven't totally kicked the bucket). They are both growing out a new leaf, and I cut the stems pretty recently. I believe they are both growing new roots. Some are visible near the top. One seems to be progressing a bit more quickly, and the top roots look better on this one. However, this one is also leaning a great deal in its pot. I'm also really interested to see what the roots are doing underneath! So, I was wondering if it would be okay for me to take it out of the pot so I can adjust it and make it straight again? Would I be doing more harm than good?

    Thank you!!

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    first of all welcome to the board!!!!
    errr....perhaps some further detail like the type of orchid u have, the potting media it is in and most important some pics for the other forum members to help you out.

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    Welcome to OrchidTalk and congratulations on your success with your orchids so far. Can you tell us what kind of orchids you're planning to repot?

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    I am guessing you have a phalaenopsis orchid since this is where you posted your question, but sometimes folks post in the wrong section by mistake. If you do have a phal, you can totally repot it - especially if it is not in spike or bud. The nice thing about it leaning to the side of the pot is that water will not sit in the crown. This lean could be caused by a couple of things though: 1. The orchid may be reaching towards the best light or 2. the orchid may have root damage and it has fallen over to the side where the good roots remain because of its weight. (could be other reasons as well.)

    I recommend you post a photo as Ian suggests above. Welcome.

    cheers,
    BD

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