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Pebbles or small stones to keep orchid roots down?

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    Default Pebbles or small stones to keep orchid roots down?

    Sorry to bombard with questions but how does one keep the roots from coming out of the top of the pot? Should stones or pebbles be used as the top layer to keep them down? I'm about to re-pot my orchid and the outside roots are pretty strong and non pliable, except for the dried out ones.

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    Those roots are aerial roots and have a purpose to sustain the health of the plant i think they should be allowed to grow outside the pot

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    thank you Jai Star.

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    The roots can be made pliable by soaking for 15 minutes. As long as I am growing in a pot, I like the roots in the pot. What kind of plant is it?

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    Thank you Michael. The plant is a phalaenopsis. (spelling?). Silly question but how do you soak the top roots when they sticking straight up without drenching the entire plant, leaves and all?

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    If you do it early in the morning and some water gets into the crown it no big deal, just turn it upside down and shake it bit. Pot it up and make sure there it good air circulation to dry of the leaves by evening. Give the knooks and crannys a once over, especially the top/new leaves, if theres still water just get a q-tip and soak it up.

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    Just put the unpotted plant in a bucket of water or a sink of water for 15 minutes. It will not hurt it and the roots will be pliable. Then, pot it up correctly.

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    Thanks everyone!

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    Hi!
    I am also i a new member... orchids grow wild where i grew up and when i moved on this side of the world, i killed my first orchids because of overwatering. learned my lesson! after YEARS I never touched an orchid because i thought i lost my "green thumb". knowing where orchids came from (forest !!), they are growing wild and depending on rain water and humidity of the surroundings.. i learned and tried to mimic the surroundings for my orchids... so far so good and my orchids love the window sill ( i called it small forest inside my house!) ...maybe, it is not enough to know where they originated but it is a good start how to grow and care for them...

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    Hi Everyone, I'm very happy to report that I successfully repotted my orchid and its doing very well, despite the fact that quite a few roots broke in the process, and the rotting roots (probably from sitting in water in the ceramic planter). I can see at least 4 new thick green roots growing down inside the pot and another new leaf has come up since my last post. I've now passed on everyone's words of wisdom to my neighbor who just received an orchid as a gift. Thanks!

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