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Common questions about orchids

Orchids are easy to care for if you follow a few easy steps. These are the questions we get asked the most! If you need more information or would like your orchid potted up by an expert why not come along to our Orchid weekend? Book a ticket to save a space at one of the talks.

When should I re-pot my orchid?

Orchids should be re-potted every 2-3 years and the best time to re-pot is March to October. Choose a pot which is big enough to allow for another 3 years growth. You might like to put it in a clear pot which replicates the conditions they get in the wild. Always use a bark mix which is specially designed for orchids.

Orchid re-potting

How to re-pot your orchid

How can I get my orchid to re-flower? 

After your orchid flowers cut the spike to the next node down and it will re-flower from that point. If it doesn’t, or has gone a long spell without flowering, try placing it in a cooler spot for 3/4 weeks and then bring back into a warmer spot.

Do I need to feed my orchid?

We recommend feeding once a week whilst they are flowering. Use a feed designed specifically for orchids like the Orchid Myst or Orchid Focus Bloom, which will encourage them to flower.

How often should I water my orchid? 

Water once a week in spring and summer, and less often in autumn and winter. Generally if the roots look pale and silver, and there is no condensation, it probably needs a drink. Soak the bark and leave to drain. They don’t like to stand in water. Some of the orchid pot covers hold the plant above a water reservoir to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Water weekly in spring and summer

Water weekly in spring and summer

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