Curious what the roots that grow outside of the pot of your orchid are? They’re air roots. That’s what they are called because they simply hang in the air. They have missed the pot, you could say. In this article we’ll tell you more about the air roots of an orchid.
Orchid air roots
Trimming orchid air roots
The air roots of an orchid don’t really have a function. So you can cut them off, but that’s not necessary. You can also simply put them back in the ground.
Using the air roots
Are the roots of your orchid rotting? Then the air roots come in handy. First remove the rotten roots from the plant, and then put the air roots with new soil in the pot. This way the plant can start flowering again!
Repotting an orchid
If your orchid isn’t flowering optimally, you can repot it. Use a pot with a diameter of at least 20% wider than the previous one. That way you can be sure that the orchid can still grow in it. Put the air roots in the ground during repotting. Preferably use special orchid potting soil to do this, because ordinary potting soil is much too dense.
Also see: How to repot an orchid: a few tips and tricks
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