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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; It all depends on what media I'm using and where I'm planting it. If I ...

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    It all depends on what media I'm using and where I'm planting it.

    If I tie it to a tree trunk, I will bury some into the spaghnum moss, and leave other roots dangling.

    Same thing if I were to re-pot it in straight spaghnum moss, for when I'm trying to revive a dying orchid.

    Most of the time, I bury the roots in the medium but leave some roots just above level. I found that orchids like to have some of their roots exposed to air so I try to do my best and leave a couple of roots exposed.

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    i try to keep mine as they came out of the old pot, mainly to refresh media, i think (limited experience) its natural for epiphytes growing aerial roots, mine have media bound and aerial, clear plastic pots, the roots are green and lush in pot , why stress them out more than necessary, terrestrials ill bury all roots

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