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Aerial Roots on Phaleanopsis

This is a discussion on Aerial Roots on Phaleanopsis within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hi, my Phaleanopsis has been blooming almost continually for 3 years with anywhere between 12 ...

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    Hi, my Phaleanopsis has been blooming almost continually for 3 years with anywhere between 12 and 18 big blossoms. And of all things, it is sitting in our front window, facing south!!!
    However, it has developed many, many aerial roots by now which are not very pretty. I have been waiting to put this plant into another, slightly larger pot but since it seems to be forever blooming, I have not done so. What does one do with all those roots? Just leave them?
    Some feedback please.
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    I leave all my healthy roots go. I consider them part of the plant and in some ways they add a certain beauty to it. Would love to see a photo of your plant.

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    Those crazy wandering roots are seeking moisture and physical contact with the bark of trees and branches for its security and support. On a mount these roots would cling tightly to bark/cork as they meander through the cracks and crevices ready to absorb oncoming rainfall. The velamen is the spongy grey/silver tissue covering roots and rapidly act/ function at the first very drop of rain.

    I agree with Bill, its part of the aesthetic beauty of this particular epiphyte. Carefully you can try and aim/ position the roots to the media in pot but use caution as to prevent bending to far and causing damage. Just one root snapped from the plant can cause the plant to go into shock, slow mode/ sulk/ go dormant.

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    Hi, I have left them on so far but since there are so many now, I thought it might be timely to ask for advice. I will take a picture or two and post them. I have no idea why this plant (and 2 others orchids) does so well in a large window facing south though. From what I have read in various books, it is the WORSE location for orchids? I guess exception rules again.
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    yes, yes. I just replied to Bill and there probably is no need to repeat it here again. Thanks for the advice. I have tried to put the aerial roots into the ceramic outer pot put they (the roots) are quite brittle and I have broken one or two but luckily my plant must be "shockproof" but that is wishful thinking on my part.
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    Wow three years??? Quite impressive... good growing!!!

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    Wow - wouldn't I love to see that phal!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Wow - wouldn't I love to see that phal!!
    Me to wow...3 years and still doing awesomely well.....carnt wate for a photo

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    I have Phal's and only one is displaying so many aerial roots. I guess it's plant specific?

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    Hm, interesting! Actually, I have the reverse, only ONE is showing just a few aerial roots. The main thing is, my Phals are doing fantastically well.
    Thanks for your reply,
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    GenevaDad - How do I convince my wife I NEED a greenhouse?
    This could be a fun thread all on its own!

    Insist on the importance of her needing some peace&rest and quiet, me-time and space and the opportunity to lye on the sofa? if that dont work increase the levels of creating mess, moan,grumble and complain more and generally just get under her feet, cramping her space until she cracks. Wont hurt to mess up the sofa a bit and scatter the cushions all over the floor. Acquire some new bad habits aswell. That should do it!

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