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hi folks

can you advise me on what would be the best thing to do with our orchid which we have in our kitchen, it looks like the roots are going hay wire image pic below 





  • Quite normal Nick. Leaves look healthy too.

  • So we just let the roots run wild?

  • Just carefully repot it in the bark like chips its in. Will probably need topping up with more, don't use earth tho.

  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    If you try repotting and tucking in the roots that are growing into the air they just rot in my experience.  I am no expert but have learned to leave these.  My orchids bloom for months several times a year, I love each one.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053

    yup. I agree, perfectly healthy . I'd leave well alone apart from a dash of baby bio orchid feed every now and then.

  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    I've just done quick bit of research online and it seems that those aerial roots are meant to be just that.  They take their nutrition from the air.  I really must learn to read up on plants rather than go by instinct and trial and error.

    On the other hand there are loads of dire warnings online about leaving your orchids standing in water yet that is how mine survive all my travels.  

  • May I endorse 100% what Hostafan advised??!!

  • Pia2Pia2 Posts: 10

    I have left two orchid plants in water (just water) in a jam jar, for over a year because I haven't got round to repotting them.  They've actually flowered as you can see,  and the white ones are quite large too (about the size of  my palm and I've got large hands). The leaves of the white one are growing and the whole plant was trying to push the other one out of the jar!




  • Pia2: their 'chemistry mix' is obviously proving very beneficial! - I'd just give them a somewhat larger (but not deeper) vessel....??

  • It never seems to amaze me what our plants get up to!  I've never had aerial roots on my 4 year old orchid just green ones that want to go back into the pot.  The base of the plant has now risen about 3" out of the pot and I thought I would repot it into a larger diameter pot, not necessarily a deeper one.  I love the clear pots so you can see when the orchid needs rewatering.  

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