Dividing and Repotting Cymbidum Orchids
Now, there’s a difference between dividing (splitting the plant) or repotting (putting the plant in a larger container).
When dividing cymbidium orchids, it’s fairly common for the new plants not to flower the following season. So don’t be disappointed. But, of course you get a free orchid plant.
Repotting or potting up the original plant will not disturb the bulbs and therefore far more likely to flower the next season.
Typically, a one year old bulb will not flower, but any bulb 2-3 years old should produce beautiful flower blooms.
Dividing and Repotting Cymbidium Orchids the Right Way
- Remove plant from its container
- Remove any weeds
- Shake out all the soil and crocks/rocks from the plant
- Cut off any dead roots from the plant
- Wash the old dirt off the plant with a hose is easiest
- Choose a larger container and add some rocks to the bottom (this aids drainage)
- Fill the container nearly to the top with new orchid potting mix (leave at least 6 inches from the top)
- Place the orchid plant on top of soil in the centre of the container
- Cover the roots with potting mix making sure to fill any air pockets with soil
- Do not cover the entire “bulbs” of the plant with soil (they will easily rot)
- Water well
- Leave the container in a place sheltered from the wind and away from direct hot sun
- This allows the plant’s roots to set
Next, wait patiently for your cymbidium to send up new shoots and hopefully ”spikes” of beautiful blooms.