Q. My moth orchid isn't thriving. Can you help?

Hello,My moth orchid sits in 4-inch clear plastic pot with only one drainage hole in the bottom in the same sphagnum moss medium for more than 2 years now and her roots don't look good. She is in bloom at the moment with 7 opened flowers and 2 buds. I think that in order to save her I need to repot. But do I have time (2-3 months?) to wait when the blooming is over or should I repot immediately?I would really appreciate if you could take a look at the photos attached and let meknow your opinion.Thank you so much,-- Elena The orchid has something growing on the flower spike(photo 5). New spike?


You can wait to repot once your orchid flower fades. Cut the flowering stem back as close to where it originates with a clean cutting tool, but be careful to not injure leaves. Repotting instructions below:


More help from our libguides, includes video on how to repot below, plus other information:


P.S. Not sure what the growth is, could be an air root, which is left to wander about, or if a new flowering stem is growing, stems will be very green in appearance, once long secure with a thin bamboo stake and tie.

Hope this helps.


  • Last Updated Jul 19, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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