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roots: to dry or not to dry?

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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cewal View Post
    Would you tell me why you sometimes trim healthy roots?
    I read somewhere that trimming roots will encourage the roots to branch. I am sure that this is only advised under the most appropriate environmental conditions and with proper precautions against disease. It makes sense. We do that with so many other types of plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    I read somewhere that trimming roots will encourage the roots to branch. I am sure that this is only advised under the most appropriate environmental conditions and with proper precautions against disease. It makes sense. We do that with so many other types of plants.
    Thanks, Jason

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    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.

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    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.

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