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This is a discussion on stupid roots! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; So ya try to be nice and put a few extra holes in the pot ...
So ya try to be nice and put a few extra holes in the pot for more air and what does the ornery bugger do.........
This little guy just wants you to remember who is boss. You will have to eventually cut away that plastic pot, but for now, let him grow.
That is why I have given up on plastic pots.
Everytime I repot a plant, it goes into its permanent wood basket.
Is it a cattleya? it seems to have cattleya written all over the roots
Too funny......but hey it's obviously happy. I hate the plastic vanda baskets too...i'm getting very good at surgical removal of plastic and I totally agree about plastic pots as well. I preach natural clay and wood's benefits over plastic to my friends that grow orchids as well. The plants rot in plastic as well here due to high humidity in the summer. I'll bet none of us realised what a learning experience this was going to be. I was just happy to find flowers that bloomed for months at a time!
Pavel? I think the roots are getting plenty of air. (So the holes are working!)
And notice how deliberate the growth directions are towards the holes.
The roots did not just ramble on inside the pot until it happened upon a hole. It "knew" where the holes were and directed growths toward it.
Its funny when I initially transition an orchid to a wood basket. The roots seem to be caught by surprise at all the options and could not determine which direction to grow at first. Its like a confused driver trying to pick a spot in an empty parking lot.