I had such good luck with the orchid my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day, that he gave me another one for my birthday. I have been so proud of achieving a second blooming of the first one that I felt confidant it was ready to repot – after all, roots were starting to grow out of the top of the pot. I even thought the new one seemed to be in a very tiny container and that I would put them both in one large pot – which I filled with my potting soil and prepared to stick both of the magnificently blooming plants in.

Thankfully, I didn’t proceed, but decided to look up the proper depth of repotting orchids as it was a new endeavor.

Wow! So glad I did.

Here’s the mistakes I avoided.

1. Never repot a blooming orchid.

2. Never repot a new plant.

3. Never, ever, use soil when potting an orchid.

4. Leave some roots outside of the pot so they can get air if the roots beneath become soggy or bound.

5. Make sure an orchid really does need a bigger pot before repotting – they like tight spaces.

Well, well. How close I came to breaking every rule about orchids and how to pot them. This is exactly why I thought I would kill it right from the start.

So, I put them both back into the garden window and stuck another plant that I had been rooting – actually, it just rooted itself in a vase of water that I had fresh flowers in – into the pot of soil. We’ll see how it goes!

Any advice is appreciated.



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