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Gardening - April 23

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

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Dear Orchid Doc:

My mother has an abundance of orchids. Alas, she’s a busy woman and has little time to take care of them. I am a lover of orchids and as such would like to care of them. First things first - how do I know when to repot orchids?

Cidnie Marie

Dear Cidnie Marie:


Some orchids love a tight pot, but remember they need good air circulation, which they get via the roots.

Having said that, please be guided by the roots. They will indicate when they have outgrown the pots. Another indicator is the medium: if it gets soft and mushy the orchids need repotting.

Always move (pot size) up one size at a time, eg from a 6” to an 8” pot.

Dear Orchid Doc:

When do I give up on my orchid? At what stage do I know it cannot be revived?

Eunice

Dear Eunice:

Once the middle leaf and some roots are still intact it is possible to revive it. First thing to do is to downsize the pot, and remove the dead roots. Ensure the roots are snug in the pot. Add humidity by using a tray with stones and a little water.

However, if the neck of the orchid (between the roots and the leaves) is mushy and rotting, then it is time to give up on it.

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