Orchid Care

 Repotting Slipper Orchids

Paph Magic Lantern 'Maria' AM/AOS at an orchid show. This is an example of a Chinese parvisepalum slipper orchid that needs slighly cooler drier conditions to grow well. These types of slipper orchids are not recommended for beginner orchid growers.




REPOTTING Repot plants about every 12 months, or when the mix decomposes. Use a mix of 2/3 fine fir bark with 1/3 perlite, or a mix especially formulated for paphs. If the fresh bark is dry be sure to soak it overnight before use. If plants are in pots larger than 3.5", substitute some medium fir bark for some of the fine fir bark in the mix.

Continue to increase the ratio of medium fir bark as the pots get larger. Be careful not to break the brittle roots when you repot. Repot the plant in a slightly larger pot if needed. Remember that most paphs like to be somewhat pot-bound. Make sure the base of the plant is just at the surface of the potting media, not buried, and that the plant sits firmly in the pot.

After repotting, keep plants more shaded than usual for a few weeks while they adjust. The best time to repot paphs is after blooming, or in the warmer months. While repotting be sure to observe the roots. Healthy roots are firm with white growing tips, and often covered in fine hairs. Dry, brittle roots indicate underwatering. Soft, mushy, or decayed roots most likely indicate overwatering. If the latter condition is associated with a soggy broken-down mix, it may be a combination of both-be sure to repot frequently.









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