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repotting orchid houseplant

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WowOoo Thu 25-Sep-08 17:09:38

Have an orchid that I'm hoping will re-flower one day.
What do I re-pot it in?
Do I need to buy specific orchid soil or can I chuck some wood chips and mix with soil? It's roots look like their growing out of pot now up in the air, but otherwise it's healthy looking.
Or should I just bin it and give up?!!

ajm200 Thu 25-Sep-08 18:22:13

The roots be growing out of the pot are ok so that is not a reason to repot it. Most of the fancy orchids grow in damp conditions, up trees, etc and ariel feed so have some roots that can be exposed.

You'll need a specialist orchid compost that you can get from specialist growers here, orchid shows or larger garden centres. They need a very light, dry soil mix and won't do well in a home mix or standard compost. Also don't overwater it, let it dry out between watering and then only water it sparingly

Califrau Thu 25-Sep-08 18:24:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WowOoo Fri 26-Sep-08 15:15:19

For offensive root exposure of course!

Thanks for that ajm.
Will def get some special stuff for it.

ajm200 Fri 26-Sep-08 15:34:38

no problem. DHs family are into orchids

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