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Old 05-07-2021, 08:49 AM
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do you guys repot your orchids as soon as you get them or do you give them an adjustment period to acclimate to your home environment?
In the tropics here (where I live) ------ I repot my orchids as soon as they arrive in the mail (shipping). I cut the sticky tape off the box, get the orchid out, then repot.

It's also mainly because I grow my orchids - most of them - in scoria. And the orchids generally arrive in bark, or a mix of bark/perlite/charcoal etc. It also allows me to inspect the roots, and also see if there's any snails or whatever else might be hiding in the old media.

Other growers do recommend repotting when new roots begin to sprout. That might be a good method for some climates or maybe in general. I'm all for that recommendation. Although, for my environment here ------ repotting at any time has created no issues for my orchids.
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:03 AM
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Sort of along the lines of this discussion, I've been wondering - do you guys repot your orchids as soon as you get them or do you give them an adjustment period to acclimate to your home environment?

Context: My home environment is extremely dry/low humidity. The phals and miniphals I've bought come in that tight oversaturated sphagnum moss or tight small bark chip media. I have been repotting as soon as I get home, but I noticed the two that I let "dry out" for about a day or two seemed to do better.

Is there any orchid wisdom to this or does it not matter?
I think that you'll get quite a lot of different answers to this!

In my case, If it is a known and trusted grower and the plants are in a medium and pot size I'm comfortable with, I don't repot. Plants from vendors I don't know well immediately get a repot. If I do repot, then I do it as soon as the plants arrive, since my thinking on this is that the plants olny have to adjust once, rather than adjust to my home an then adjust to a new pot. One vendor I often buy from seems to think frequently and they won't accept complaints on plants which have been repotted within a month of arrival...


Interesting observation about letting the plants dry out a couple days. One vendor I often shop at recommends not watering the plants in the first week, in order to let them adjust better. I don't know what the logic is behind this.
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Old 05-07-2021, 11:28 AM
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One vendor I often buy from seems to think frequently and they won't accept complaints on plants which have been repotted within a month of arrival...
probably because they don't want to be held responsible for any damages made by customers 🤔 perhaps they had some bad experiences with customers in the past? Overwatering, bad media, root damages, potting into full water culture... 😅


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Interesting observation about letting the plants dry out a couple days. One vendor I often shop at recommends not watering the plants in the first week, in order to let them adjust better. I don't know what the logic is behind this.
Thank you for sharing your experience Camille, I really appreciate hearing these vendor policies/suggestions!

I wonder if it's to give the orchids time to adapt to the new environment. I notice that the aerial roots of my orchids always become very dry and wrinkled in my home, but over time the velamin becomes hard and even woody as the plant adapts. ( I mist the roots and wrap the roots with loose sphagnum to help them along) But now, when I water, the roots become thick and green.

this vendor might be trying to prevent overwatering while the plant is adapting? I feel like this could have also been the root (heh)of my problem with my newest orchid. When I got it, I repotted and watered it as normal, but due to a sudden cold snap, the medium stayed wetter and colder than normal 😢 my other orchids dealt with it fine, but the new orchid developed really bad root rot...

There were a few other learning mistakes I made with its care but perhaps this is what this vendor's logic is!
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Old 05-07-2021, 12:53 PM
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My answer is basically the same as SouthPark's. In an enclosed space, I'm more concerned with snails and other pests than the orchid adjusting lol
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