How to Replant, Repot, and Regrow Orchids

how to replant and regrow orchids

A few months ago I found these pretty raised square serving bowls and thought they’d make a perfect home to a few of my already regrowing orchids. I used to keep all my orchids in their original pots, planted in their original plastic casing and was a bit afraid that if I replanted them, they’d die. I had two new stems growing without buds yet and I thought I’d take the chance and see if I could do it and still keep them alive. And I did! And of course, I’m very excited about it! I replanted these in the middle of March, around the 16th and exactly a month later, they both bloomed! {photo at the end} So it works!

You can click on How I Regrow My Phalaenopsis Orchids to get a better idea of what to do if you’ve never done it before, but know that orchids take about 3-6 months to re-bloom. If you keep them watered, moistened with moss, and filtered with sunlight, they will come back to life. I was worried in this new house, without the kitchen window sun, that my orchids wouldn’t have a chance for new life, but they LOVE the warm light that shines down from under our kitchen cabinets, which is where I keep the ones that have most recently lost their blooms. It was such a fun discovery for me!

Learn more about orchids here and here.

Here’s What I Used…

how to replant and regrow orchids

* Two Rosanna Decor Footed Square Bowls $32.50 {each} but any pots will do that are of similar size and not wood.
* Old sticks & twisty ties {or clips} I’ve saved from previous orchids
* Mountain Moss I found at Micheals but is also available at local garden/hardware stores {choose the natural colors, the bright lime green and dyed mosses bleed and STAIN and ruin things!}
* Scissors {maybe}

Here’s How I Did It…

* But first, notice my new spike stem growing from the middle up… you don’t have to wait until they’re this far along in the regrowth process to replant them.

how to replant and regrow orchids

* If you can, gently pull out your orchid from its plastic container WITHOUT breaking any of the root/stems that wind around and through it.

how to replant and regrow orchids

* I had to cut mine out of it to keep the root system intact. Careful not to cut the roots.

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* It will look like the first photo… Gently shake it {in your new pot} so any of the original planted soil, chips, moss and roots relax a little, then settle it into the center of your new pot and hold it in place. You may need more chips or soil to fill in the blanks, but I did not.

how to replant and regrow orchids

* Moisten your moss…

how to replant and regrow orchids

how to replant and regrow orchids

* And use it to fill in the gaps around the edges, sides, and then all over the top, covering the entire root system below. This not only keeps it looking finished and pretty, but the moss stays moist and keeps the roots below happy.

how to replant and regrow orchids

* Grab your sticks or stems {I save mine from old plants to reuse… this one was so long, I simply broke it in half and used it for both orchids}

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* Carefully, and in a twisting motion, insert them into the moss and root system without stabbing or breaking anything below. Keep twisting until it’s sturdy enough to keep your new orchid stem upright and then find the most comfortable spot to attach it to your orchid stem with a twisty tie or plant jaw clip.

Voila… Voila!

how to replant and regrow orchids

how to replant and regrow orchids

how to replant and regrow orchids

how to replant and regrow orchids

And One Month Later, They Bloomed…

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TIPS: I bring all my orchids to the sink every week or week and a half and fill them up with water… I let them sit there for an hour or so, then pour out the excess water and put them back in their original place. I’ve noticed that orchids don’t like to change homes once they become accustomed to their environment, so always put them back where you grabbed them from when you’re done watering. They don’t like to be moved all around the house to different locations. However, once the lose their blooms, it’s like a reset. But they last the longest if they get to stay and/or return to their comfortable home as soon as you’re done watering them. {up to 3 months with blooms!}

Have Fun!

Go to How I Regrow My Phalaenopsis Orchids to learn how to regrow your own orchids without repotting them.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Anonymous

    April 16, 2013 |

    Thank you…..I have an orchid that right now looks ‘gone’, but I will try to revive it, using your suggestions!

  • Jane Droll

    April 16, 2013 |

    i have NOT had good luck with orchids! must try your tips. i think i have just loved/watered them too much! sometimes less is more. or whatever!

  • Erna

    April 17, 2013 |

    Your orchids look amazing!
    I live in Cambodia, and even with the tropical weather which they are designed for and caring for them the best I could, all my orchids die.. I think it’s the heat fluctuation if I keep them inside, super hot and humid during the day and after work when the air-con is on it gets too cold for them, even when they’re kept out of the air-con cold air flow.

    Must try and find some moss so mine can be as beautiful as your orchids!

  • kamiceria

    April 17, 2013 |

    Interesting post, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    kamiceria’s blog

  • Amanda

    October 8, 2013 |

    I have one I want to re plant but the new growth isn’t a stem from the center, those leafs have completely died. I have new leaves growing from the actual old stem. How do I work with that?

  • lindsey

    October 17, 2013 |

    Thanks for this! I have an orchid that had a baby and need to replant both of them! Have you ever had that happen or have any tips?

  • CJ D.Sign

    March 12, 2015 |

    LOVE this post Maegan! And you have found such beautiful footed bowls for planters! Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing! CJ

  • Doe

    January 15, 2016 |

    They look lovely, but one caveat…there’s no drainage in these containers so be very careful about watering or the roots will rot and your orchid will die. Bear in mind that the middle of the planter will stay wet longer than the outside so check the center for a better watering indicator. You can use a wooden skewer to check – push it in and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then pull it out. If it’s wet, don’t water and check it again in a couple days. Phalaenopsis like to dry almost all the way before being watered again, and in that container they may not need watering more than every 10-14 days, or possible longer, depending on the time of year. Also, be sure not to let water sit in the crown, where the leaves come together at the top. That will lead to crown rot and a dead plant for sure.

    Beautiful display!