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Orchid roots

The roots on my orchid are SO BIG.  Should I just repot into a bigger pot and cover them up?  I wouldn't think I should cut them back.
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Posted 2018-02-07T15:29:15+0000  by Kaybee18 Kaybee18
 
Hey Kaybee18.

Jen, a member of our community is our resident orchid expert. She did a post that includes a video on repotting orchids. Click on the link below.

http://community.homedepot.com/DiscussionDetail/Re-potting-Phalaenopsis-Orchids-9065000000006jv

Posted 2018-02-07T15:38:31+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL

Hi Kaybee18,


That's right. The roots of an orchid are for the plant to breathe. That is why we plant tem in Orchid Bark, not potting soil.


Orchids feed through their leaves and breathe through their roots, just the opposite of most plants!


Only cut back the damaged roots or leaves. Keep as many healthy roots as you can. Overgrown plants can be divided and repotted to make them easier to handle.


The video in Jen's link shows how to accomplish the division.


Thanks for asking!


-Travis


Posted 2018-02-09T19:16:02+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL
 
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