thanks for the advice guys! i'm posting a picture of the roots so you can get an idea of what i'm talking about. there's a BUNCH of them. will these guys survive a repot? i've heard some discussion about ariel roots and whether they should go into the potting medium or be left alone. I can't see how I could repot this guy without submerging her ariel roots. i was thinking of maybe using a really big slatted basket to repot, as I did that with my other brassia and she seems to be aclimating to the new environment. she's sending out roots through the slats, which makes me happy. ok, i'll stop rambling.
wait, one more question...some of my other brassia's ariel roots have developed black (dark) spots. Any idea what might be the cause of that. The only ones that have done this are older roots that survived the repotting. is she just getting back at me for repotting her? or do you think there's a larger problem? I'll post a pic of what I'm talking about. It should be the fourth picture down.
And...(she never shuts up).....while I was taking pictures of the roots on my new girl, I stumbled upon a new spike. it was trying to be sneeky and evade me. that's what the third picture is. once again, I LOVE this forum. you guys rock!!