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DIY: How to Pot Multiple Orchids in a Single Container

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I’ve been asked how to add multiple orchids to a single pot. The answer I’ve always given is: for best results keep the orchids in their plastic liner pots then set multiple orchids into a larger pot. This way several orchids can be cared for individually. Most importantly, each orchid can be removed for proper watering. While I still subscribe to this idea, I have a new take on how to display multiple orchids in a pot.

IMPORTANT: Potting multiple orchids in a single pot is intentded as a short-term arrangement. For long-term care, pot your orchids separately.

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Prepare the Orchids

Begin by preparing your orchids to look their best when on display. For the full article on prepping your orchid for display, click here.

  1. Trim away dead leaves, aerial roots, and pseudobulbs
  2. Clean the leaves and pseudobulbs
  3. Check for pests and disease
  4. Use a top dressing
  5. Stake the flower spike
  6. Water your orchid

Gather Your Materials

  • Several orchids, potted in sphagnum moss. I recommend using the same variety as they will have the same care requirements. Consider orchids with different heights for a fuller appearance. Orchids all the same color have a strong visual impact.
  • A single pot. A pot with a flat base will make it easier to place the orchids the way you want them.
  • A plastic bag large enough for all the orchids
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Top-dressing: living or dried Spanish moss or reindeer moss. For my arrangement I used reindeer moss and needed two bags of the moss. Depending on the size of your arrangement, you may also need more than one bag.
  • Newspaper for easy cleanup.
  • A nearby trash can is always advisable.

Procedure

soak sphagnum moss - multiple orchids 1 pot

First, soak the sphagnum moss in water. It takes about 20 minutes for the moss to fully hydrate. Meanwhile, set out the newspaper, so you can easily clean up and dispose of the mess when you’re finished.

orchid remove liner pot - multiple orchids in single pot

Next, slip the orchid out of their liner pots.

soak sphagnum moss - multiple orchids 1 pot

Now, place the plastic bag inside the pot, rolling the edges down the side of the pot. Place the orchids inside the bag, arranging the orchids so that the flowers are at their greatest visual advantage. You may need to pick away some of the moss from the orchids so that the orchids will fit together in a pleasing way.

add sphagnum moss - multiple orchids one pot

Give the sphagnum moss a squeeze to remove excess water. Fill in the gaps between the orchids with the moss to create a single moss ball.

more than 1 orchid in 1 pot

Roll up the edges of the plastic bag and carefully stuff the rolled edges in the sides of the pot.

add top dressing - multiple orchids in single container

In order for your arrangement to be truly spectacular, finish it off with a top dressing. In this example, I’ve used reindeer moss. It’s soft and squishy, easy to work with. Remember: when watering, remove and replace top-dressing.

How to Water Multiple Orchids in a Single Pot

Sphagnum moss holds a lot of water, so you’ll need to be careful not to overwater your arrangement. You will only need to water it every couple of weeks or even once a month. Wait to water until the moss feels barely damp.

This is going to sound like a pain, but I suggest taking the arrangement apart to water it. If the orchids stick together in one big ball, water the entire arrangement together. Then allow for it to drain before returning to the pot. But, if the orchids come apart from each other, water them separately. Again, wait for the orchids to drain before returning to the pot.

You’ve Got This!

A truly amazing orchid arrangement is yours for the making! When one of the orchids goes out of bloom, you can replace it with another that’s ready to flower.

Key Points: Containers with a flat base are easier to work with. Orchids of the same variety and same color, but of different heights work best and have the greatest visual impact, and are easiest to care for.

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