How to repot the cattleya?


You appreciate your cattleya this fabulous orchid native to Central and South America producing large colorful flowers, so do not hesitate to repot it from time to time to keep it in full health and enjoy it for many years! Laurence from l’Orchidium, explains here how to proceed.

When to repot the cattleya?

Repot the Cattleya from the end of March to mid-July, when the root system begins to overflow from the pot.

The plant must not be in bloom otherwise this would compromise on the one hand the flowering and on the other hand would prevent the rapid formation of new roots because the energy of the orchid would then be too focused on the production of flowers to the detriment of the new ones. roots.

Look for the appearance of small buds (eyes) at the base of the old stems for repot your orchid. When these eyes appear, the plant will be better able to form new roots quickly.

Materials needed for repotting cattleya

Use a secateurs whose blades have been previously disinfected with alcohol or a flame so as not to transmit pathogens to the plant during the operation.

Choose a pot pierced at the bottom, wider than it is high, because this orchid tends to emit lateral roots.

How to repot the cattleya?

  • Extract the cattleya from the pot to expose the roots.

  • Remove the old one substrate composed of bark.

  • Cut away dry or soft roots then prune 1/3 of the base of the roots.

  • Take the opportunity to clean the canes and remove the dry foliage.

  • Identify the direction of growth thanks to the new buds developing on the plant. You will have to give them room to grow and install the plant in its pot, taking this parameter into account; the oldest pseudo-bulbs will be glued to the back of the pot to leave room in the front for the development of new shoots.

  • Fill the pot with new orchid substrate, taking care to tamp as you go.

After repotting the cattleya?

the bath will be avoided for a month after repotting. Watering will be done during this period only from the top of the pot with water at room temperature. If possible sprinkle with rainwater or let tap water stand 24 hours before using it to evacuate the chlorine it contains.

Water like this about once a week and spray with water every day. on top of the substrate to promote the recovery and development of new roots.

Position the plant in a very bright location without direct sun.

The contributionsfertilizer will only resume after a month to a month and a half, just like the waterings.

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