Thank you Kathi Ann! Trading as Orchid Pots, Rebel Velvet, Blooming Weather, and UnPink UK. I water once a week. Orchid Root Health: 3 Tips You Need to Know. I keep my own under a tree and it works perfectly. The mother plant slowly deteriorated so I removed the baby which was 2 leaves and 2 roots. I have just bought a phalaenopsis orchid and repotted it only with sphagnum moss. The use of photos are an excellent learning tool. Humidity is around 92%. In fact, they should only be bright green right after they are watered. I purchased a Phalaenopsis Orchid about two months ago, it’s fully blossomed since purchased and It currently sits in the bathroom for indirect sunlight and humidity. There’s a good chance you’ll … Should I cut off the flower spikes to focus the plant on rooting? I trimmed the hollow, flaky, rotted roots (using sterile scissors), repotted the plant and dampened the growing medium with orchid fertilizer mixed with a splash of rooting hormone. If the plant is still alive, but the roots have all died and turned to mush, the plant may still be saved. Here is a link for the bark-based potting medium I use: Bonsai Jack’s Premium Potting Mix. Is this normal? So informative.. Aerial roots are the roots that do not grow down into the potting mix, but instead, grow out in the air. Check the vanda’s leaves to make sure they are getting enough light. Anna. Rebecca, So you can enjoy the magical flowers even longer. If you notice some of your orchid roots have turned yellow, or even white, don’t worry – they’re still perfectly healthy roots. Remove all the dead roots and use chenille stems, aka pipe cleaners, to anchor the plant in the pot while it makes new roots. All my best, I’m thrilled it’s so healthy but I really want a flower spike. Johnna, Anna. This will give clues about its cause of death and help you to avoid future problems. What would you recommend? Do you use a special bark to pot orchids? Vandas are spectacular! What do you suggest I do? I am noticing that all the roots look completely dried up and dead. Just keep watering your orchid as you normally do. I hope after all this time I didn’t kill them. It may be tempting to cut off aerial roots because they don’t fit into our idea of what a beautiful orchid should look like. To check the plant’s health, it can be helpful to pick it up from its decorative pot and take a look at its roots, which will be visible under the potting media. Best of everything to you and your 5 orchids, If it is still damp, wait to water. The health of the plant can be significantly affected if the roots are trimmed or cut off. I am guessing the primary culprit was over watering. Then an office mate gave me her orchids which were not potted but were entirely submerged in water. There is just no way around it. The Fix: This can be a sign of overwatering. Thank you so much. Hello mam, what are aerial roots? I do have Aerial roots but they seem to be hollow and I can see some roots on the surface to be a gray to green. Here’s what he said: Just an update: I removed [the Vanda] from its pot and it was still doing nothing but sitting there. Click here to learn more. Looking forward to hearing from you and thank you so much in advance. It’s very important for your orchid to have a robust root system; the orchid takes in water and nutrients through its roots which in turn allows the whole plant to grow, thrive, and ultimately put out those beautiful blooms. Orchids tend to do best potted in fir bark as it is fast draining. It’s mid-November here in Boston so beginning to be what I’d call late autumn. Today I was watering it and I noticed 3 new roots growing out of the side. Anna. You can try to save your orchid by putting a clear plastic bag over it to create an extra humid environment while it recovers roots and leaves. Expert Quality Orchid Supplies, designed by Orchid Experts. Such orchids will eventually die from overwatering. I have a 5-year-old Phalaenopsis orchid. Anna. What should I do?? Best, Orchid Roots Orchid roots have a number of unique adaptations, mostly to help with epiphytic growth habits, such as a whitish outer layer called velamen which absorbs water from the humidity in the air and helps the plant cling to tree bark, rock, or whatever else it may be growing on. Here are some helpful links to walk you through potting: ALL ABOUT ORCHID POTTING MIXES Aerial roots perform important functions for the orchid. They are brown and very dry and brittle. I have confidence in you too! Anna. Thanks for the extra knowledge. It’s worth a try. Rebecca, Is it okay if you occasionally get water in the center of the leaves? You’ve noticed that while some of your orchid roots burrow down into the potting media, while other roots seem to take on a life of their own without any inclination of growing down into the pot with the other roots. thank you, this is the best explanation of caring for an orchid that I’ve come across. There are aerial roots and dried up mushy roots and healthy leaves. Good Luck! Anna. My first orchid so didn’t know what to look for before I bought it. Rebecca. Best, Thank you for your question! Second, you could increase the humidity around your orchid. This is completely normal. Sometimes they stick out from the pot, which can help them absorb moisture, but most roots stay hidden within the orchid’s drainage pot. Keeping the Keiki out of direct sunlight will also help. thank you. Thanks! The plant has four big healthy glossy green strong leaves. In fact, they should only be bright green right after they are watered. 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