SOS, the roots of my orchid come out of the pot: what should I do?

When you love orchids attracted by the sensitivity of these beautiful flowers, you try to take care of them in the best possible way and know all the secrets to their success, but also the tricks to make them bloom again. However, even if you know them well, you can sometimes be amazed (and worried!) To find that the roots are starting to come out of the pot. This unusual feature in other plants is actually quite a classic orchid! Should we conclude that it withers? Is this a bad sign? How to react and care for an orchid with full roots? Grandma says it all!

Is it normal for the roots to come out of the pot?

As the roots begin to drain out of the pot, it is often due to a suspension of ambient moisture and organic particles. This feeds the flower. This also allows it to catch light better. Eh yes! Just like the leaves, the roots want to benefit from good sunshine (without direct exposure, of course). This phenomenon is therefore not a cause for concern and is part of the survival mechanisms of the phalaenopsis orchid. However, make sure that your plant benefits a enough light.

Very impressive in this delicate flower, these roots above all allow for real an indicative list of the health of your orchid ! That is why it is very beneficial that they are so succulent and visible. Look at them to get an idea of ​​the health of your plant, and that’s practical at the very least. So when they are very green, it is a very good sign. This means that your plant will flourish wonderfully. However, be careful if they get a grayish tint, this indicates a lack of water. The gardener must then take care of good watering.

What should I do if the roots of an orchid come out of the pot?

cut the roots of the orchid
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As the roots begin to show more, we sometimes wonder if we should cut them or even try to bury them. Based on our previous explanations, you are sure to understand: these roots are vital! Unless they are brown and soft (which is a sign of putrefaction and the roots exhaust the plant unnecessarily), we officially advise all our gardening friends to cut them.

And if they’re really rotten, you can simply crush them with your fingers with simple pressure. They come off on their own: that’s why it’s impossible to mix them with healthy roots! So do not hesitate to remove them during replanting (every 2-3 years) or before if necessary.

However, this does not mean that you could do nothing to limit this phenomenon, which is not necessarily very aesthetic. To fix this, we already have to do it rejects an opaque flowerpot Choose a transparent pot that will allow the roots of your orchid to capture light. Remember also take care of watering. Avoid watering flowers or leaves and pour limescale water directly on the substrate and roots. You can also spray your plant between two waterings to pamper it (avoiding the head)!