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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:53 pm 
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I'm told that orchids like being root-bound. Is that true and if so at what point should I report a Phalaenopsis orchid?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:13 pm 
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Phals are monopodial orchids which means that they tend to grow upwards in a single growth unlike sympodial orchids such as cattleyas, cymbidiums or dendrobiums that tend to bulk up by adding growths sideways.
Because of this phals do not tend to outgrow their pots very often. Most phals will stay in the same size pot for years.

Phals will need to be repotted when the growing medium starts to break down and this could be after several years, particularly if a good quality bark has been used in potting. If the growing medium is moss then you would want to get it out within a year.

As to when is the best time..........it all depends. The ideal time would be :-
When the weather is warm
When the roots are growing
When it is not in flower

However if the plant is kept in a warm house then the weather bit is irrelevant. I pot mine up after they have finished blooming.

Do they like being root bound? Probably not (lots are grown unpotted on mounts for example) but smaller pots do not remain wet as long as large pots and as most beginners tend to overwater their plants small pots help the plants to get moisture around their roots but to dry out before the next deluge arrives.

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