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Question about roots

This is a discussion on Question about roots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have been wondering if thicker root growth means a plant is healthier? I have ...

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    I have been wondering if thicker root growth means a plant is healthier? I have several plants that came with lots of good looking roots from good nurseries but have started to put our huge fat roots since living with me. Does this mean they are getting the right things from me or that they are in need of something that I am lacking? Is there anyone that would like to hazard an opinion or any proof one way or another out there?

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    I'll stick my neck out...
    Vandas usually have thicker roots if they are aerial, and thinner ones in the compost - you can make guesses about the different needs, since the ones in the compost will take up much more water and not need the same surface area for that purpose. I also find that when a plant is growing strongly, it produces thicker roots - on the whole.

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    I agree healthy, strong growing orchids will produce larger roots. But the orchid also needs the right environment and nutrients to produce larger roots. It sounds like you're doing a great job of taking care of the plant.

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    Strong roots = Strong, healthy plant! No healthy roots= dead plant! Very simple...LOL

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    I would definitely take credit for better care if my vandas get big fat roots...it means your vanda thinks

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    I have a couple of brassavolas that had pencil lead thin roots but tons of them when I got them. Now they are putting out roots that are almost pencil sized. Phals that have roots at least as thick as a pencil.

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