Q. My phalaenopsis orchid has outgrown its pot. I've been told not to replant while its blooming. The problem is that it has never stopped blooming. It has had blossoms continuously for two years and doesn't show any signs of stopping. What should I do?
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A.A crowded pot can be one of the reasons why it's blooming so frequently. Congratulations! Moving it to a larger pot may slow down it's flowering until the roots gets crowded again.Remember that these plants are epiphytes and grow on the surface of trees and deadwood in tropical climates. There flowering is timed very closely with rain. When there is rain or fog or high humidity, they flower,
I would cut off the flowers and repot it. Sounds like to me it's more about "bragging rights" than really a problem.:-) We should control the plant and have it respond us rather than the other way around. Otherwise the plant controls us
Make sure that when you repot it you don't use any soil. Crushed bark and some coconut coir is all that you need. I am guessing you have on a regular regime of spraying it with fertilizer and misting it.Keep up the good work!