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anyone grow orchids?

My wife has a Phalenopsis that desperately needs to be transplanted, but it won't stop blooming. Is there any way to get it to stop blooming, so we can transplant it? I don't want to harm the plant at all, I just need to find some way to force dormancy.

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Why does it need to be transplanted and what exactly do you mean by blooming? Does it keep on growing new spikes or are the flowers just lasting forever?

Budding spikes and subsequent blooming in Phalaenopsis is triggered by a couple weeks of nighttime temperature drops, so if you want to make sure that stops then keep the temperature pretty darn warm and steady.


edit: disclaimer: because where we live is close enough to most orchid's natural habitats the only things we do with our orchids is repot them out of sphagnum moss, water them occasionally, hang them from a tree and then leave them outside, so don't take what I said above as law.

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Why does it need to be transplanted and what exactly do you mean by blooming? Does it keep on growing new spikes or are the flowers just lasting forever?

Budding spikes and subsequent blooming in Phalaenopsis is triggered by a couple weeks of nighttime temperature drops, so if you want to make sure that stops then keep the temperature pretty darn warm and steady.


edit: disclaimer: because where we live is close enough to most orchid's natural habitats the only things we do with our orchids is repot them out of sphagnum moss, water them occasionally, hang them from a tree and then leave them outside, so don't take what I said above as law.
It continues to produce blooms and budding spikes. It needs to be transplanted because it seems like it is really root bound.

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Wow, nifty! Sounds like you have one super-happy orchid right there. Uuum, I really have no idea, so try an orchid forum. (or get your wife to try it if that's a little insulting to your masculinity)

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Wow, nifty! Sounds like you have one super-happy orchid right there. Uuum, I really have no idea, so try an orchid forum. (or get your wife to try it if that's a little insulting to your masculinity)
Honestly, I bought it more for myself than I did her. I've always thought they were cool. Super happy orchid=not root bound?

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This website: http://www.orchidweb.com/faqs.aspx should have all the answers you need. Ours are so root bound in their pots that we'll have to break the pots in order to get them out, but they've been like that (roots growing every which way and all over the pots) since we repotted them.

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