I was given an entire lesson awhile back on transplanting Cymbidium Orchids from my father-in-law’s friend who as been growing, caring, teaching about orchids for 50+ years! I couldn’t just sit on the information so I took some pictures along the way to show you how to transplant them.
The biggest advice…they are SUPER resilient and you can be a bit rough with them and they will still survive!!!
What you’ll need:
- Bark mixture (bark, coconut husk, perlite). I purchased my mixture from Yamada’s.
- Pots with holes on the bottom
- Epsom salt
- Oyster shells or washed and dried egg shells
- Nutricote fertilizer
- Pinking shears
- Plant tags
When your pot starts to look like this, you know it’s time to transplant them.
This is where all the fun begins!
The roots were so firmly packed that we had to use a knife and pinking shears to clean it up. What you’re aiming for is removing all the old bark, cutting off the dead roots, and trimming any new ones that have gotten long. How do know when the roots are dead? By feel…haha…well, for a newbie like myself, this was hard. But you can tell by looking at the roots; the new healthy ones are firm, white/tannish, not shrivelled and browned. After removing the bark, cutting the old ones, and trimming the new ones, your orchid should look like this.
To clean them up further, you’ll notice that there are dried up leaves on the bottom of the bulb. You can peel these off and if they are really tough, use a razor to split the dead leaf apart and then peel away. Here’s what it should look like.
Position the new plant so that the “older” bulbs (ones without leaves) are closer to the edge of the pot. This will enable the bulbs with the leaves to continue growing and have enough space to do so. Then place bark on top and pack it down again using your fingers or stick.
Ready for the secret?
OK. So maybe it’s not a secret but it’s news to me! Epsom salt, which provides magnesium to your orchids. Some believe it to be a “bloom booster”. Oyster shells, which provides calcium. And Nutricote, fertilizer.
Hope you found this tutorial helpful!