Orchid Plants
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orchids and floating roots?

Zone Stockholm, Sweden 12732 | Anonymous added on January 7, 2018 | Answered

Hello! My orchid has grown tendrils at the top of one of the shoots. I\'ve attatched a photo. I\'m unsure if I should try to cut the plant at the base of the root and repot a second plant? or if the air roots will take in nutrient from the air and to leave them be. thanks kindly for any advice, Va

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on January 8, 2018

Orchid air roots should usually not be removed unless they are diseased or dead:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/roots-coming-from-plant.htm

However, excessive air root growth can be a sign that the pot is either slightly too small or that the medium needs to be replaced. Sphagnum moss or bark media need to be replaced about every 1-2 years.

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