Repotting When In Bloom: Good Idea Or Not?

Question of the Week:

“Hi Ryan,

I just bought two small orchids from
Home Depot. They are in thin, tight,
clear plastic pots with no ventilation. Repotting When In BloomThey are also in bloom. I’d like to get them into a new pot. I worry about the lack of air on the roots causing decay.

Everything I’ve read thus far says not to repot when in bloom. My question is,
is it okay to leave them as they are in the plastic pot until they stop blooming, or should I go ahead and repot trying not to stress the plant too much? I look forward
to your answer.”

– Diane Vik, San Diego, CA


Ryan’s Recommendation:

Hi Diane,

That’s a very good question. Many new orchid owners wonder the same thing when they first bring home a plant that’s in bloom: repot now, or wait until the orchid has finished blooming? There are certainly some pros and cons to each, and I’ll walk you through those momentarily…

Before you decide whether to repot, you’ll want to take a close look at the plastic pot to see if there are in fact holes or slits in it. Most orchids sold at Home Depot and the like come in plastic pots set inside a heavier, decorative pot.

The plastic pots usually do have drainage holes in the bottom, so you’ll want to remove the inner plastic pot and double check for holes in the bottom or slits along the side. Sometimes there is just one hole at the bottom, but even one hole is miles better than none! If you do fine drainage slits or holes, you can relax and enjoy your orchid’s blooms. If there are no slits or holes, you’ll want to repot, stat!

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