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Phal. air roots question

This is a discussion on Phal. air roots question within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This phal . seems to prefer air roots over regular roots. Is this normal? Is ...

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    Default Phal. air roots question

    This phal. seems to prefer air roots over regular roots. Is this normal? Is it the potting mix choice? Also, they seem to grow away from the light. What's with that? It is blooming regularly. When it gets too large for a pot. What do you do?

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    I've noticed that orchid roots often grow away from the light. It makes sense to me because roots growing away from the light will have a better chance of finding the tree branch that the orchid is attached to. Cattleyas seem to have even more of a tendency to do that than phals.. Some phals seem to like to grow lots of aerial roots and others are more apt to grow roots into the media. You just never know what they're going to do. It's in the DNA I think.

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    Time to repot. Most likely the potting medium is breakind down and the roots cannot survive (exchange gasses) in the old media. You can pot that orchid up and put the 'air' roots into fresh mix. Just soak the roots until they are flexible.
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