I normally just clean out that upper part, remove the mushy section gently with my fingers. The leaf color will take time to change anyway, so just keep using the light. They need periods of drenching \"rain\" followed by a hard dry period. "After lifting the orchid from the pot, remove all moss or bark from its roots," Rogers says. Thanks for great article! Views: 355, Replies: 22 » Jump to the end. Vandas require bright l… However, to create a suitable growing medium for the seeds, is like a mad scientist project! Fedja, Hi Fedja Orchids with fewer roots have a higher need for humidity, so using a water-retentive medium is beneficial. You’re very welcome! Should you trim them? To stimulate root growth, you can repot your orchid. It’s worth a try. (Wipe the blades with rubbing alcohol etc). So there’s nothing to panic about – quite the opposite! Use your sterilized pruning shears to cut the stems all the way down to the orchid’s roots. An orchid with minimal to no roots is worrisome, but we have lots of tricks we can try to get it to sprout new ones. Hi Kathy March 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm Log in to Reply. How often do I change the water? Removing all the bad roots is vital for the orchid to survive. I have an old aquarium bubbler… Do you think that would help the plants at all, to keep the water from being stagnant and to give it air? So if you are interested in trying it for yourself, test it with one or two plants first, before transferring them all. If you notice vanda roots turning brown or mushy, this indicates age or rot. Long-lasting blooms and a tall spread of leaves make vanda orchids gorgeous additions to a home garden, and their roots are part of the exotic display. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. And maybe 1-2 years from now you can repot again, and then remove the dead pieces. Would love to see the photo! But if you are new to Phalaenopsis orchids, the term may be unfamiliar to you. On one of them, the bottom leaves started yellowing and are about to fall off. (Don’t panic if old roots start to die out! Wow, 10 years – that’s impressive! 3. Fsnny, Hi Fanny. 4 Trim off any brown, soft roots that are protruding from the soil. I have used this method with orchids that had only a few roots left if any. What is the best way to re-root orchids that have lost their roots for one reason or another? And even then, some individual orchids might have to be transferred back to potting media, if they struggle in water culture. Your ‘chids are already dealing with a huge change with adapting to water culture! your own Pins on Pinterest Neem oil leaves behind a thin coating, so I wouldn’t necessarily want it on the roots – just in case it affects the roots’ water absorption. Name: Jo. Choose a pot size that fits in the roots without too much extra space. Do you think that was a bad idea? It can be okay, but I’d say less is more. May 6, 2018. Once the damage is done however it is irreversible and the effect is the ‘Palm Tree’ look. With overgrown aerial roots, even though I have heard of people who trim them, I wouldn’t advise to do this. This is because you want the plant to direct all its energy on growing roots, instead of a flower spike which requires tremendous energy. Glad to be of any help and support. Good question. Oh wow, those are some long aerial roots! In which case, you’re forced to trim all the dead roots, leaving the plant with few or even no roots at all. Trimming roots Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Leslie_tx, Jun 25, 2014. Take care, and please visit my blog again soon. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and positive words, Joselle! Healthy roots have a grayish appearance. I sprayed my orchid roots after getting all of the medium out of there, with a weak solution of neem oil. All the best with your orchid journey! 4. 7. They’re basically hanging by a thread. But if they really disturb you, then you can put them in the soil as long as you can do it without breaking them. Once again thank you Irene. 1. Thank you in advance. There are some greenhouses/laboratories in USA that can do this for you if you send them some seeds. They need high humidity and high temperatures, bright light, and turbulent air flow. When orchids are thriving, they will eventually outgrow their original pots and need to be repotted—and when they do, they'll need to be pruned. I had the plant for about 3 years now. I pulled it out tonight to take a look and some of the tips of the roots are black again. I’m glad I rinsed them off. I found your blog and decided to do the water culture. Just accept that this is normal behavior. Another site was saying to cut them which didn’t make sense to me. Congratulations! The writer of this blog. This is only a good sign because it means your orchid is thriving. Hi Beverly Hi, I found your website with a lot of useful information. But meanwhile they’re still good functioning roots! What should I do? By Orchid Diva. So can you trim air roots? Most Vandas are epiphytes. Repot when the plant has grown new roots. The only function the roots have is to absorb water and nutrition to the plant, and to hold on to the growing surface. With moss, yes – you can see some examples HERE. The function of aerial roots is to absorb water and nutrients from the air and to cling on to surfaces (hence being ‘air plants’). You have fantastic growing conditions for orchids in Sri Lanka! Even though most people find orchid flowers the most exciting part of keeping orchids, roots truly determine your plant’s overall well-being. I have read stuff from. Moss retains a lot of moisture. So try not to stress them too much. Aerial roots can save your orchid from death if the plant suddenly loses all its roots inside the pot – which isn’t unheard of. Thank you! 5. The Vanda (VAN-dah) orchid’s natural habitat is tropical and for this reason Vanda orchids require a very high level of humidity.Most often Vandas are grown in wooden slat hanging baskets with little to no potting medium.Vandaspikes normally produce 6-8 beautiful flowers that can typically grow to be six inches in diameter.The flowers themselves come in an array of colors. 6. The light you bought, I’m sure it’s doing the job! Trim away any dead or rotted roots before repotting in the sterilized potting media. Ⅴery nice articⅼe. /Irene. Thank you so much Irene for your reassuring advice. It depends on the growing environment, how long it takes for the roots to dry. I just stumbled across your site and absolutely love it. Jul 2, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Israel Diaz. Thank you for your nice comment. I am curious if I should clean up the dead roots even from my orchids that are happy and growing new leaves/roots. After that you could even let the orchid be for 1-2 days before repotting, so the roots have time to “air out” and the freshly trimmed tips close. I recently got a Vanda and, a week in, noticed some of the root tips had gone brown/shrivelled (please see pics below). This way, you can see the roots clearly if you have your orchids in pots. The best way to cut orchid plants when they are young is to trim the stalk all the way back to one inch (3 cm.) Now that you can identify the health of your orchid roots by their colors, you can now take your sterilized cutting tool and begin the trimming process. 2. Hi Johanna But I noticed some of the roots (both types) were pinching off near the base of the plant, even though they appear healthy. It was just a thought, along the lines of hydroponics. Vanda orchids like all other orchids have strong fleshy root growth. This can happen only in the presence of light. Think vanda orchids might be a little too much maintenance for you? Trimming the aerial roots could cause the plant to struggle or even die due to disease or inability to absorb sufficient water and nutrients. Instead of using potting media, the orchid is simply placed in a glass vase/container, letting only the roots touch the water. So nice to hear from you again. To provide extra humidity you can put a plastic bag over it, or place the entire plant in its container inside a see-through plastic box with a lid on. I have an orchid maybe 10 years old. Well, it does sound like a good idea actually! Another option that works inside the house as well as outdoors is attaching the roots to a cork slab and hanging it on a wall, or simply mounting the orchid on a wire hanger. Fewer roots also decrease the amount of water the plant can absorb, so more the roots the better. Screenshots. These cookies do not store any personal information. You’re one of the few people who have recommended water culture, and I think it’s helping! This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Therefore they have their own needs and behavior. When you see three or more roots growing from your orchid, cut between two of them to divide the vanda in late spring or early summer. At the time I also watered it with fertilized water using MiracleGro orchid food. Thank you for your precise advice. I haven’t repotted it yet and according to your advice I should soak the roots in water for a little while anyway before I repot it which should remove any neem oil I sprayed on there. Vanda orchids occur naturally in New Guinea, some islands in the western Pacific, and in East and Southeast Asia. Lift the plant from the pot and if the roots are brown, then they are dead and need to be pruned. Can you please tell me what to do!!! They often form aerial roots outside of the container. Spray with hydrogen peroxide 3% when finished cutting, to disinfect the roots. Thank you for your lovely comment and support – made my day! The good news is that you can still save an orchid with few to no roots! Cutting orchid roots is necessary in case of root problems, like rotting and dehydration. Trim an orchid root or stem only if it’s dry and you’re certain it’s dead, but work carefully to avoid cutting too deep and harming the plant. Sometimes orchid roots can become mushy and die from overwatering. The rest of the root is still functioning! Your style is unique in comparison to other folks This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Normally the areal roots are left as they are. Like other tropical orchids, they are epiphytes, meaning they attach their roots to host trees in the wild and absorb moisture through their roots. Continue to water twice per day. Do I need to use a clear container for the roots to receive sunlight? Just remember to use sterilized scissors when you do it! But if most or all the roots are fine, then choose a pot that is only slightly bigger than the old one. Lol. Or you can pick a fertilizer that contains more Phosphorus (P), which is responsible for root growth. Quick question- and maybe a dumb one? So it’s really important to keep an eye on the roots at all times, to prevent something terrible happening to them. I hope this article has answered some of your questions relating orchid roots. I know…everything online says potting Vandas is NOT OKAY and that they’re ONLY supposed to be grown bare root. Thanks a lot! What should I do with this piggy back plantlet? 2. After trimming, the roots shouldn’t really turn black again – not that fast. Hi Kathy. And hey, I’m here for you if you need more help! You mean like slime or mold, or real hair-like fuzz? As the bottom part of the roots look strong and healthy, then just leave them be. So I repotted my old orchids a few months ago with BetterGro orchid potting mix. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. I’m sure it is very time-consuming for you but no you are appreciated. Another thing you can do is to put the orchid in moss-only. Just be patient (as hard as it is!) (My husband probably thinks I’m crazy for trying to save these plants, but I hate to see them die!) Vandas can be trimmed if their roots are black or yellow, but make sure you don’t cut the green, as they are healthy and have proper water absorption. The only way to naturally make a new orchid is with seeds. Even if the Orchidroots team works on a voluntary basis, there are ongoing costs for technology, operation and further development. I bookmarked your website. Also, remember to pick a suitable orchid potting mix when you repot: SEE HERE I notice after a couple of days that the roots appear to get a little fuzzy, so I’ve changed the water. I just got a new plant the stem is curved and it is about 24inches long. Look for an orchid with flowers that are open and some flowers that have yet to open. Vanda orchid roots appreciate exposure to air, which makes hanging boxes or pots ideal for growing these orchids. Now that it has grown bigger, you can safely cut it off and plant it in moss and/or fine bark. So glad I found you! I just am having a hard time bringing myself to cutting that beautiful root off. It’s a hormonal paste that tricks the orchid to clone itself – this clone (keiki), or ‘baby’ as some like to call it, can be separated from the mother plant when it’s big enough. So keep an eye on that – no too high temps! Look for dead roots that are dried out or soggy and brown. Hi Michelle. And YES, you can put a bowl of water by the orchid! Keep an eye on the leaves – if they start to look dehydrated (wrinkled) then the plant isn’t getting enough hydration. Trim an orchid root or stem only if it’s dry and you’re certain it’s dead, but work carefully to avoid cutting too deep and harming the plant. Sometimes the plant can appear fine on the surface, but once you remove all the old potting media, you discover a bad case of root rot or dehydration, even a pest problem. Yes, you can. Re-pot only when the roots have filled the pot, using a container that is only one or two sizes larger. They need time to adapt! Trim these bad roots off the orchid, leaving only healthy green or white roots. I found that your article great and very helpful to all orchid lovers. Last year one of the flowers on the spike morphed into a plant- very healthy with 5 leaves and aerial roots. Yes, you can do water-culture with the aerial roots. Here are the answers to your questions; 1. Best way to describe it, it’s as if it’s spidering out.. I had gotten a new plant for mother’s day and noticed that my other plants were looking a bit sad. As Vanda Orchids grow taller they often produce additional roots from various points up the stem (as seen in picture 3). I removed the 3 from their pots and most of their terrestrial roots had died. I cut the dead stuff off. The aerial roots are natural and serve a purpose, so it’s best to keep them for the sake of your orchid. As it grows back, it will have stronger roots, bigger leaves and larger blooms. Many of the roots in the basket are dead (a few are alive). There are two ways to do water culture; ‘Full water culture’ (FWC) and ‘Semi-water culture’ (SWC). If the plant has a healthy and robust root system, the plant will be strong and healthy – and vice versa. /Irene. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. 75 Likes. Take good care! To keep your vanda orchid upright while its roots attach themselves to their basket, you can secure it to the basket with wire or cotton strings. Well written and easy to understand – has helped me a lot. Sadly, it’s not possible to propagate (phalaenopsis) orchids from the roots. They’re are already NOT getting enough sun because when I started researching, I realized deep, dark green leaves are not good. Preferably not. Some people call it the orchid’s “baby”, but in reality it’s an identical clone of the mother plant. Do not try to bury the aerial roots in the compost, as they may rot. It will take time for the end part to die. I’m happy to hear you’ve been bitten by the orchid bug too! I have a orchid air root that about 2 feet long at work in a window. 3. Generally speaking, less on the roots, the better. Semi-water culture alternates between wet and dry days; the plant’s roots are soaked in water over a few days, which after the water is poured out and the roots are kept dry for the next few days. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. I don’t want to stress the plants out more than they already are. 4. If so, is there any link on this site that would help with that? Check each of the plants or seedlings thoroughly before purchasing them. I of course don't want to kill them. Rather than growing them in a pot filled with tree bark, you'll need to provide their roots with airier treatment. Since I’m trying to regrow roots, should they avoid the sun? This fungus along with Phytopthora (another fungus causing of Black Rot) are infamous for destroying corn plantations, apple orchards, and strawberry patches, since all have high water … 89.3% 2.84K Views. There are no dumb questions – only questions! Because most orchids are ‘air plants’, plants that grow on trees, etc., that’s what their roots are; different. Good luck! This is a newer and a steadily growing way to keep orchids. Many thanks for your time, your knowledge, and your wonderful thorough advice. So I did air on the side of caution and rinsed the neem oil off of the roots. The only spot by the window that is not direct sun, is a shady NW facing window. Mold (white) should be rinsed off. And if you see it occur often, then give it some dry days. If the old pot has enough space for the roots, then there’s no need to upsize – orchids like smaller space. Top cutting Vanda Orchids is one way of correcting the ‘Palm Tree’ problem. Avoiding the sun is mainly for heat purposes, especially during summer months! Mix it well with the soil every time you add it. But it costs money and takes a long time. Specifically I’d like to know about re-rooting phals and plants in the Cattleya Alliance. , This answered a lot of questions I had, but what happens if roots keep growing outside of the pot even after repotting in a bigger pot? I have lost my orchid roots due to neglect (but they have great air roots) and am trying to regrow the roots with a partial water culture. The amount of days is determined by the environment and the orchid, so every orchid grower finds their own schedule. Jun 25, 2014 #1. The roots are about to hit the floor and i cant move the plant high up so can I cut the roots the are very healthy. Oh it’s Kathy again I have one more question. Unless if bad tissue was left behind.. Repotting is stressful for an orchid because it needs time to adapt to the new growing environment, so you could just let your orchid be for now. I will take a picture of it and post it is amazing. Vandas are not properly beginner's orchids, and even among more experienced growers, they require certain elements that can be hard to deliver at home. Place your vanda orchid in an environment with at leas 60 percent humidity, such as a well-lit, steamy bathroom or close to a humidifier. Black tea contains Tannic Acid which works as a growth stimulator. Hi Kathy Is this normal? On that note ~ thank you for reading, orchid friends! Just remember moisture is important, so make sure to keep watering your orchid as needed. Alternatively, cut off the dead roots at the bottom and re-basket or rehang the healthy top portion of the orchid. Be sure to sanitize your cutting tool by wiping the blades with rubbing alcohol or a solution of water and bleach before you begin. 8. They’re often found in the jungle, so they are used to humid, tropical environments. Here you can see the exact way how to trim the flower spike; . Once you see new roots coming out, you can put the orchid in moss-only. Let only the roots touch the water. Keep writing! There’s a good chance you’ll harm the plant or introduce a dangerous virus. It’s so common to have orchids lose their roots due to insufficient watering; too much or too little. Leave them be; they’re perfectly fine. Good to know though, not to do that again. If the plant is still alive, but the roots have all died and turned to mush, the plant may still be saved. Alternatively, you can place some large bark chips or charcoal in the baskets until the orchid stands upright without help in a few months' time. If you're growing your vanda orchid outside, you can tie the roots to a tree branch with cotton string, which decomposes over the course of about a year, the same amount of time it takes for orchids to attach their roots to the tree permanently. and keep an eye on them. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Firstly, if the plant has a flower spike or is starting to grow one, cut it off. Hi Evelyn This is called ‘Water Culture’. They’re also known as aerial roots and can be a little daunting at first. Hmm, depends what kind of fuzz we’re talking about? — P.J. I haven’t cut the pinched roots, since they appear otherwise healthy roots. “How to cut back a flower spike” Thank you again for the lovely comment! What comes to the little plant… it’s a “keiki”! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come again! The reason they’re not green is simply that they haven’t received light. Orchidfriends.com is a participant in the Amazon Services Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for content creators to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Root rot can happen so quickly sometimes. Yeah it’s fine. This is also a good time to divide your vanda orchid, if you want to grow more. Hi! Hello Joselle! Vanda Updates, Dealing with Fungal Infection, New Roots, Vanda Orchid Care. Why is that happening? Using a normal tea bag (black tea), dip it in lukewarm water until the water has a faint color. I’m an orchid enthusiast, and I created this blog to share my experience with these magical plants with you! Make sure the specialized orchid compost reaches the roots of the vanda. from the base of the plant. Cutting orchid roots is necessary in case of root problems, like rotting and dehydration. How do you trim Vanda orchid roots; Types of Vanda orchids; Vanda orchid propagation; how to hang Vanda orchids; Choose healthy Vanda plants or seedlings . It’s also extra satisfying to make struggling orchids thrive again! Yes, you heard it right! In which case you can gently mist the leaves for extra hydration. 7. They are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 10b and 11, enjoying lots of heat and protection from frost. They are challenging and fun and you feel good when it works right! Refrain from watering your orchid for at least a couple of days to allow the cuts to heal. 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