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View Poll Results: How do you manage air roots when repotting?

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  • Dends: Bury roots in media

    54 43.20%
  • Dends: Leave roots in air

    40 32.00%
  • Dends: Trim roots off

    2 1.60%
  • Paphs/Phrags: Bury roots in media

    55 44.00%
  • Paph/Phrags: Leave roots in air

    18 14.40%
  • Paph/Phrags: Trim roots off

    3 2.40%
  • Other (post a note) Bury roots in media

    29 23.20%
  • Other (post a note) Leave roots in air

    42 33.60%
  • Other (post a note) Trim roots off

    4 3.20%
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Root Management During Repotting #2

This is a discussion on Root Management During Repotting #2 within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The plants around here do whatever they want to...they hang their roots up, over and ...

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    The plants around here do whatever they want to...they hang their roots up, over and around. I have quit fighting the inevitable....especially with a few of the phals. Some of my Phals have just amazing roots in the pots yet feel the need to grow aerial ones that go all over. If I repot the wandering ones, they just grow back upwards where they like it anyways. I even tried setting heavy shells on top of some of the aerial roots, they just attach to the shell go around it and back up on the other side.
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    I voted other, if the air roots will go into the pot easily I put them in BUT if they are too hard or long I leave them out. There is no point in forcing them & breaking them. You have just wasted your time, the roots will stop and be useless till they heal over and produce secondary roots provided they don't rot.

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    Okay....I totally let the roots do what they want to in almost all cases, plus I love watching aireal roots turn green when you water! The plant knows what it likes a lot more than I do, that's for sure.

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    It is fun watching the aerial roots turn green when watered. I let the roots do their own thing when repotting, in the pot or out. I also am starting to like using clear pots to get quick updates on state of the roots and potting medium. Have not had any aerial roots from my paphs. Do they normally have arial roots?

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    Have not had any aerial roots from my paphs. Do they normally have arial roots?
    Paph roots do not have the thick velamen that a lot of other orchids have, so the roots are much more sensitive to drying out. Because of this, Paphs don't put out arial roots and, in fact, if roots are outside of the medium they tend to stop growing because they get too dry.

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    I ended up not voting as ..Dends if roots are 'pottable' i try & stick them in the medium... If they are not I leave them (or cut the keikie off & pot) Paphs/phrags I only have a dozen and have never had roots not growing into the medium.....
    Doesn't ask about - Phals.... Well I try & entice aerial roots to grow into the medium or to soak them alot & put into pot... Often not possible so I leave them and in my dry conditions they usually end up shrivelling ... in spite of misting (not enough)

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    heck if I can keep roots on em i done good

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    A little of both, whatever the plant seems to need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark V View Post
    I leave phal roots out in the air. Every time I try to get them into the pot I break them.
    Do you soak your plants before re-potting?

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    Honestly didn't know how to vote on this since it really depends on the medium used. Compacted or garden-like expose roots loose and harder to maintain moisture type- bury..........ummmmmmmm

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