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roots: to dry or not to dry?

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    Hi,
    Something on my mind lately: I read once that when getting ready to repot a new orchid (after the roots are treated and ready to be potted), the plant should be left unpotted for several hours so that the roots can dry. THEN repot. Is this correct?? If so, it's one step I've not been taking.....I never dry the roots before repotting. Kinda makes me wonder if that has anything to do with why I have a lot of root rot. Would someone give me advice as to the correct way it should be done?
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    Vicki,

    I don't dry the roots, but treat them with an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral..like Physan. Seems to help the plant to be treated with something right after repotting to avoid rot until the new roots form.

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    On sunny days with a good breeze, I do the same as Clint....antifungal, etc. Then I hang the plant off one of my plant shelves to let the air dry the roots abit. After about an hour break (windy days, 15 minutes is enough), I go back to work and pot the plant up. However, if that isn't possible, I just pot them up and for the most part keep the plant a little dry for a week. In between just mist occasionnally to help the plant cope and adapt. If it is an especially humid day, you can use a fan blowing lightly on the roots to dry them out as well.
    Hope this helps....
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    Quote Originally Posted by brit6v View Post
    Hi,
    Something on my mind lately: I read once that when getting ready to repot a new orchid (after the roots are treated and ready to be potted), the plant should be left unpotted for several hours so that the roots can dry. THEN repot. Is this correct?? If so, it's one step I've not been taking.....I never dry the roots before repotting. Kinda makes me wonder if that has anything to do with why I have a lot of root rot. Would someone give me advice as to the correct way it should be done?
    Thanks in advance,
    Vicki
    I don't believe this to be true, Vicki. I think it comes down to care of the roots and medium in which the plant is potted. I agree with Connie and Clint on treating too.

    Cheers,
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    to bd and connie...I prefer to just pot it up and then put a fan on it or keep it drier for a week or two until its more settled.
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    I never treat the roots on a HEALTHY orchid...In fact there are times that I will even trim healthy roots. Once potted, I run the plant dryer (of course this also depends on the genus) Some genera should neve have their roots dry...it means a quick death sentence. Catts are the genus that I do the above.

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    I never treat healthy roots either. Just give them a good rinse, clean off the dead roots and repot. Have never had any problem with rot.
    Last edited by smwboxer; February 10th, 2009 at 05:35 PM.

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    Ok, it's a majority. Thanks everybody! I'm not gonna dry roots....haven't before....had never even heard of it until then.
    Anyway, I wouldn't put it past myself to have dreamed that I read it (but I THINK I really did) If I did, let's just chalk it up to someone being mistaken.
    Thanks for your replys!
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    When I re-pot, I take off any rotten roots, rinse the orchid, then pot it in wet media. I then LEAVE IT ALONE for seven to ten days, depending on how big the pot is. Just my way of doing it... but it has worked well for my orchids! Betty :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    I never treat the roots on a HEALTHY orchid...In fact there are times that I will even trim healthy roots. Once potted, I run the plant dryer (of course this also depends on the genus) Some genera should neve have their roots dry...it means a quick death sentence. Catts are the genus that I do the above.
    Would you tell me why you sometimes trim healthy roots?

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