Why is my orchid putting out roots?
Most orchids will have aerial roots reaching out into the air, rather than digging down into the potting media. These roots are looking for a tree branch to attach to. These roots absorb moisture from the air. Do not trim off these wandering roots, just let them do their thing.
Can I cut the air roots off my orchid?
Can orchid air roots be trimmed? Orchid air roots shouldn’t be trimmed as they are part of the system the plant uses to absorb nutrients and water. Trimming the aerial roots could cause the plant to struggle or even die due to disease or inability to absorb sufficient water and nutrients.
How do you repot an orchid with aerial roots?
Step 1: Take the orchid out of its pot
- Step 2: Remove the old potting medium.
- Step 3: Rinse the roots with lukewarm water.
- Step 4: Trim off any bad roots with sterilized scissors.
- Step 5: Spray with Hydrogen peroxide 3%
- Step 6: Put the orchid in a clean pot.
- Step 7: Fill the pot with chosen orchid potting medium.
How do you know when to repot an orchid?
Orchids should be repotted when new; every year or two; or when crowded roots push up and out of the pot. Spring: time for a close-up. Other than watering and occasionally fertilizing them, you probably don’t look closely at your orchids all that often when they’re not in bloom.
Why do orchids need clear pots?
When left out of decorative pots, the clear plastic pots allow the orchid roots to absorb sunlight, as they would in nature growing on the side of a tree. This means the roots can also photosynthesize and add energy to the plant.
When should you repot orchids?
What do you soak orchid roots in before repotting?
Prepare some cinnamon (yes, the kind you use to cook with, as in cinnamon buns) or sulfur. You will need them to dust the roots after they are cut to disinfect them. Soak your orchid in a bucket of water for half an hour or so to loosen the potting medium and make the roots more flexible.
What time of year do you repot orchids?
Orchids generally need to be repotted once a year. The best time to repot is just after flowering, or when new growth appears. You’ll know it’s time to repot if any of these reasons apply to you: Your orchid has tightly tangled roots.
Should I remove the plastic wrap from my orchid?
Additionally, if your plant has a thin colorful plastic or foil wrap surrounding the pot, it is best to remove these wraps. Orchids are epiphytic and their roots need air flow. These wraps limit that flow and trap water which could cause the plant to rot.
Do orchids like tight pots?
Orchids like to be snug in their pot and the ratio of roots to potting mix should be about equal. If an orchid is put into a pot that is too big for it, then there are not enough roots to take up the moisture that is being held by the potting mix and the mix stays wet too long.