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Roots outside the pot

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    My collection has grown to nine after my visit to an orchid nursery. However, I am worried about my 'chids. Their roots that are out of the pot are all getting shriveled up. They are no longer all white and happy. The roots inside the pots look fine. I know that my biggest learning curve is going to be the watering, like it was for my violets. I have been trying not to overwater, but am wondering now if they should be watered more frequently. They are being watered about once a week, are on the windowsill and the humidity at present in my house is about 50 percent. Any thoughts about what I am doing wrong to my poor plants?

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    Hi Serenity... the change in growing condition will obviously affect your orchids... where they have come from may have higher humidity levels and so the roots outside the pots were able to stay alive... you can mist just the outside roots to keep them going, just don't overwater in the pot thinking that would help the outside roots.

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    Many people around here use "humidity trays" to help keep those out of pot roots pretty and fat. Take a plastic tray and place pebbles or marbles in it. Only add water to about 1/2 the height of your rocks. As the water evaporates it will keep the air around your plants a little more humid. Be sure to clean the tray from time to time to keep molds and fungus from growing. Be careful spritzing your plants...be sure to keep your bottles mold free as well. Physan 20 is one of many anti-fungals sold. A periodic cleaning with it will keep your orchid surfaces, tools and humidity trays free of the stuff that kills orchids.
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    Thanks for the responses. I will add some humidity trays. Tim, they haven't been here that long, so it makes sense that they will have to adjust to this environment which is not the greenhouse they were used to. :-)

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    Good luck, serenity. I hope they adjust quickly for you.

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    Sounds like your babies are adjusting to their new enviro. McJulie calls the roots outside of the pots 'their dance of joy'. They will do it again when they are more comfortable. The light misting and the humidity trays are great ideas. Also, if you grow indoors, having an aquarium in the room will boost the humidity a LOT. It may be 20% outdoors, but in the room with our 20 gallon aquarium the humidiy does not go below 45 -50%. Plus the fish are pretty!

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    Tami, I love aquariums and we have had several, but unfortunately everyone in our family has a "brown thumb" in regards to fish care. It would distress the orchids to see all those poor little fishies floating belly up. :-)

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