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Monthly Orchid Care - March

To Do Now:

  1. March is a great time for repotting orchids. Take this opportunity, before April showers turn to May flowers, to get your orchid repotting done. Our orchid care repotting section, complete with orchid repotting clinics, and orchid care videos can help make the task easier.

  2. Mounted orchids are fun and beautiful. Take a look at our care sheet on mounted orchid care. We have orchid supplies for all your mounting needs, including virgin cork tubes. We can even custom cut cork to fit your needs.

  3. Orchid pests can be difficult to control indoors, especially in winter, as most insect sprays are too dangerous for indoor use. Staying vigilant and keeping a close eye out for pests is a good way to nip an outbreak right away. Physically removing pests from orchids by cleaning plants under a stream of water works well, however the bugs will likely return since removing adults usually leaves behind their eggs. Treatment for bugs needs to be repeated every week until there are no longer any more signs of trouble. rePotme offers our exclusive all natural GET OFF ME! Natural Pest Control Spray made from cinnamon - as seen in Orchids - The Bulletin of the American Orchid Society. This spray can be used alone or mixed 50/50 with rubbing alcohol to increase its effectiveness. Unlike harsh chemicals, GET OFF ME! is all natural and can be used indoors. Follow up treatment with WASH ME! Natural Leaf Cleaner for a comprehensive approach to natural organic pest control.

Looking Ahead:

  1. April is one of the best months of the year for repotting orchids. If you have a lot of orchids to repot, consider getting orchid mix by THE BOX.

  2. With Spring comes Orchid Shows and new orchids! Check out our care sheet on new orchid acquisitions for some practical care tips.

  3. Spring is when we see new growth and orchids enter their prime growing months. FEED ME! MSU Orchid Fertilizer is ideal for feeding orchids year round.

  4. During the repotting process it is critical to keep everything clean and not spread any disease across the collection. Physan 20 is a good general disinfectant, we use it to sterilize cutting tools between plants. We will rotate between 3 Fiskars clippers allowing 2 to soak while 1 is in use. Be careful if you reuse pots, they need to be sterilized between plants. It is easier to use new pots than it is to try to clean the pot. We will reuse a pot on the same orchid if it does not need a change in pot size but that's about it. Stakes and labels, rhizome clips, etc, can all spread disease if not cleaned or replaced.

Looking Back:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day! Recognize the occasion with a valentine gift certificate.

  2. Did you know that orchids can live for many years? Unlike cut flowers that fade within a week or two, an orchid can bloom for months and live for many, many years. Timely repotting is critical to orchid health. Find the right mix for your orchid here.

  3. Orchid pests can be difficult to control indoors, especially in winter, as most insect sprays are too dangerous for indoor use. Staying vigilant and keeping a close eye out for pests is a good way to nip an outbreak right away. Physically removing pests from orchids by cleaning plants under a stream of water works well. The bugs will likely return since removing adults usually leaves behind their eggs. Treatment for bugs needs to be repeated every few days to a week until there are no longer any more signs of trouble. We offer all natural GET OFF ME! Pest Control Spray made from cinnamon. This spray can be used alone or mixed 50/50 with rubbing alcohol to increase its effectiveness. Unlike harsh chemicals, GET OFF ME! is all natural and can be used indoors. If you have a problem with Fungus Gnats in your orchid or house plants please see our Natural Fungus Gnat Control solutions.

  4. Winter is an ideal time to participate in an orchid society. To find one near you, look on the local society page of the American Orchid Society.





Going On Now!

“I am absolutely thrilled with my purchases. Firstly I could not believe how fast my order was delivered. Secondly, it was purely by chance that I found your website; so complete and organized....and the ceramic pots are even more beautiful than I had expected. Many thanks and you can be sure that I will return and recommend you to others.”

- Nancee H.


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