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This is a discussion on roots: to dry or not to dry? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Cewal Would you tell me why you sometimes trim healthy roots? I ...
On my cattleya orchids I trim the roots so they fit in the new pot. Sometimes it is a fair bit too, but at worst, the oldest psudobulb will drop a leaf later on. No biggie as the next repot will remove the old non productive psdobulb anyway as the new growths will support the plant.
I always repot my orchid when the roots are wet as they are more flexible and less prone to breaking. They bend to where you need them.
To fit into a new pot? Sometimes, when unpotting, the roots just go on forever sometimes 6 inches long. So I trim some of them. Fungacide on the cut part and repot.