How to Grow and Care for Orchids
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How to divide orchids??

My orchid grew a new plant which is growing sideways from the cluster

How do I remove and plant it without killing it?

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1 crib2go { 04.17.10 at 4:32 pm }

You can gently pull the new plant away from the plant, usually done after flowering, once you have in the pot. Place it in a south facing window to get sunshine but not too much, leaves might be a little light sensitive.. You don’t really have to repot unless your plant is over 2 yrs old, you could just slip into a larger size pot…

If you decide to split them apart, water the plant, slip it out of the pot and just gently pull it apart. Be careful with roots and put into an orchid mixture (which you can purchase at any garden store such as Home Depot, Lowes and sometimes the grocery stores carry it). Only do this once plant has finished flowering or could lose the flowers. Water as usual, watch leaves if they turn whimpy- they might be in shock and you will need to baby them a little until their roots get established in new location.

Hope this helps!!

2 briggs451 { 04.17.10 at 5:29 pm }

You probably have one of the dendrobium. If so, that’s NOT a new plant you’re seeing but a new pseudobulb which will eventually bear the plant’s flower. Do NOT remove it by itself. (Sorry crib2go). You don’t need to do anything. This is the way the plant grows.

If you want to divide the plant, wait until it’s done flowering. There should be at least five or six old pseudopods in the cluster. Cut the main root (rhizome) between them so that the new plant has at least two or three pseudopods including the new one. Pot this. The back part can be potted also although it may or may not produce new bulbs. Chuck it if nothing happends in a couple of months.