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Orchid air roots

Zone 17112 | Anonymous added on February 19, 2020 | Answered

Our Orchid plant has some air roots over 2 feet long, you say not to cut but these are becoming unsightly. Any suggestions

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on February 20, 2020

I don't think they are unsightly but they are long. Air roots are the plant's way of taking care of itself. Orchids that grow in the jungle attach their air roots to trees and other surfaces to gather what they need to survive.
Cutting air roots endangers the plant, but if you must cut the dead ones, use a sterile razor cutter to avoid transferring any kind of virus or bacteria to the plant. Perhaps the orchid needs to be repotted in a larger container.

Here's an article about orchid air roots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/roots-coming-from-plant.htm

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