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B3B3 Posts: 18,217

I repotted my orchids a while back.

The roots insist on poking out of the top of the compost.

Is that what they're supposed to do or should I poke them back into the pot?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,479

    Don't try to push them back into the compost/bark. They sometimes produce air roots. In their natural habitat, they survive by taking nutrients from the air at times. They need very little compost and don't mind being squashed. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 18,217

    Thanks borderlineimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,263

    A little misting of the roots with rainwater in a hand sprayer is often beneficial.  The orchid house at Kew and the one in Singapore I have just visited have a lot of roots hanging out and they get misted frequently.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 18,217

    Thanks fidget. I'll give them a spray now and then. 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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