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Colorful Roots! Very pretty...LOL!

This is a discussion on Colorful Roots! Very pretty...LOL! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Not sure if this has been discussed before, so here goes... :lemmetell I've been examining ...

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    Default Colorful Roots! Very pretty...LOL!

    Not sure if this has been discussed before, so here goes... :lemmetell

    I've been examining my phals' roots, and there are plenty that have active growing tips . However, there are different colors on each one. One phal has root tips ranging from completely purple to purple with a little green. Another phal has root tips that are completely green with no hint of purple. Yet others have green tips with purple "rings". Do these colors mean anything? Healthy? Unhealthy? Something else?

    And I'm wondering if this is normal and what affects this coloring.
    Just curious !

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    A couple of my phals have the same thing. they seem to grow out of it eventually, and are the more traditional green/white colors by the time they hit either the edge of the pot and turn down, or bury themselves in the media...

    I have noticed that the colors are stronger in the ones that have the most color contrast in their leaves as well, both my yellows that have Dtps in their parentage...as far as I know there's nothing wrong with them.

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    ive only had one phal (its white) and it had some purple-tipped roots. the ones that changed colors were the ones that were in the medium, but growing out of it (if that makes sense). the tips of the roots growing in the air were green. it was doing really well....went on to flower. and then i gave it to someone who 'really wanted an orchid' and it died.

    i dont think theres anything wrong with your phal if its got colorful roots. ive even read that root color (ranging from ruby, red, pink, green, and yellow) is one of the elements that the japanese take into account when judging neofinetia falcatas.

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    I have a couple of phals that have red/purple roots. They kinda skeeve me out-- looking like big old earthworms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidTraci
    I have a couple of phals that have red/purple roots. They kinda skeeve me out-- looking like big old earthworms!

    Blech!
    What a lovely visual.

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    Lily, they sound really healthy, and the color variation is completely normal. I *don't* know what causes the different colors, but imagine it might be the trace elements in the fertilizer you're using. There's a flowering plant I forgot the name of now that, if you fertilize them with a solution that contains copper, will turn the flowers from their normal color to a deep, vibrant blue. Something similar may be going on with the root tips, but I'm just guessing here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    There's a flowering plant I forgot the name of now that, if you fertilize them with a solution that contains copper, will turn the flowers from their normal color to a deep, vibrant blue.
    Are you thinking about hydrangeas? I have something I put on them to make them blue, but I don't know if it's copper.

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    Yes, that's it--hydrangeas. And you're right, it's not copper. It's aluminum. If you add aluminum sulfate to their soil you can change their flowers from pink to blue.

    Thanks, Liz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz
    Are you thinking about hydrangeas? I have something I put on them to make them blue, but I don't know if it's copper.
    If you have a potted hydranga and stick pennies in the pot, the colors will change, it is very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Yes, that's it--hydrangeas. And you're right, it's not copper. It's aluminum. If you add aluminum sulfate to their soil you can change their flowers from pink to blue.

    Thanks, Liz.
    My neighbor put pennies in her pot and it changed colors. :/

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