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How to Repot Cymbidium Orchids

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Here's our step by step guide on how to repot your Cymbidium Orchids:

 Cymbidiums like to have a pot full of roots.

Cymbidiums like to have a pot full of roots.....



 only repot if the pot is clearly overcrowded

....only repot them if the pot splits because of this, or if the pot is clearly overcrowded with shoots hanging over the edge of the pot. Repotting should be carried out during Spring (after flowering).



 emerging Cymbidium flowering buds shown on the left, leaf buds on the right.

If you repot at other times of the year you may damage the new emerging flowering buds (shown on the left hand side of the photo) and leaves (shown on the right hand side).
Repotting your Cymbidium is also a good chance to make sure your orchid has healthy roots and leaves. Remove the plant from the pot and carefully remove the compost around the roots.
Inspect the roots, cut away any damaged ones. If the mass of roots is too dense and tight you may care to cut through them.



Remove leafless Cymbidium pseudobulbs 

Remove leafless pseudobulbs (the pseudobulb is a thickening at the base of the stem. Each bulb will develop between one and twelve leaves and a flower bud.)......



 remove cymbidium pseudobulbs with yellow leaves.

.....and remove pseudobulbs with yellow leaves.



 Discard cymbidium pseudobulbs with no visible healthy roots.

Discard pseudobulbs with no visible healthy roots.



 make sure there are plenty of drainage holes in
the pot.

Only repot into a larger pot if necessary. If you don't have a pot large enough for all of your pseudobulbs, divide them into more than one pot, placing at least five pseudobulbs per pot.
Whichever pot you use, make sure there are plenty of drainage holes in the pot.



 the base of the cymbidium pseudobulb should be at or just
above the compost level.

Use a moisture retaining, firm orchid compost. When topping up with compost the base of the pseudobulb should be at or just above the compost level.



 water well after you have repotted the cymbidium.

When you have finished repotting, water well.


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Read more advice on How to Care For Your Orchids - in particular our Cymbidium Orchids Care Guide and our Cymbidium Orchids Watering and Feeding Guide.

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