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repotting                                     ‘Affection’  ‘Alabaster’                     ‘Brother Pirate King’
  The only reason to repot an orchid is to     ‘Goldsmith’  ‘Fancy Fresco’                  ‘Fancy Frills’
  replace decomposed potting mix, not           ‘Kimono’
  to increase the size of the pot. These                                    ‘Irene’s Fire’
  plants need relatively small containers. It
  is normal for the roots to grow, curl and
  hang all over the place; they are looking
  for moisture, air and light. If you plant
  orchids in large pots with lots of potting
  mix, the roots will have difficulty finding
  their way to the light and will rot. If you
  must repot an orchid, use a porous bark-
  based potting mix formulated especially
  for orchids.


  1. When all the blooms have faded and
  dropped, cut the stem 1 inch above the
  second node. This will enable the orchid
  to reflower from the base and from the
  stem, producing multiple bloom spikes.

      If you cut the stem much higher, the
  new spike will be thinner and will not be
  able to support as many flowers. If you
  cut the stem much shorter, it will reflower
  only from the base, not from the stem.
  2. During the nonblooming period, fertil-
  ize the plants with every watering, using
  the same fertilizer at the same strength
  as when they are blooming.
  3. If roots turn dull and lose their green
  tips, mist the plants daily for two weeks.
  4. Once you cut off the bloom spikes
  and the plant has put on one or two new
  leaves, provide cooler nighttime tempera-
  tures to stimulate reblooming. Move the
  plant outside or to a cooler room for the
  night. During this period, ideal daytime
  temperatures are 77 F to 85 F, and
  preferred nighttime temperatures are
  65 F to 72 F.

 fun fact

  AT HOME IN THE WILD Phalaenopsis orchids
  are “epiphytes” (air plants), meaning
  that in their natural environment, they
  grow harmlessly (not parasitically) on
  other plants, such as tree limbs, or other
  structural supports. They derive their
  moisture and nutrients from the air, rain,
  pools of water on the host plant and,
  sometimes, accumulated debris around
  them, through the spongy covering on
  their roots.
  (See more Phalaenopsis “Fun Facts” on
  Page 14.)

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