Lots of good info here. 2a. And if you ever get something on the roots, then just rinse or soak them. But if you are new to Phalaenopsis orchids, the term may be unfamiliar to you. Many people prefer this method because it eliminates pest problems and saves growers from the hassle of having to repot. I would have sprayed them with hydrogen peroxide but I didn’t have any that was active but I do know. 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. To prevent this, completely repot your orchid at least every other year, after the blooms fall. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Keep an eye on the leaves – if they start to look dehydrated (wrinkled) then the plant isn’t getting enough hydration. . And stick with one method at a time, because a change is always stressful to orchids. Trim these bad roots off the orchid, leaving only healthy green or white roots. Glad to hear you’re giving orchids another go. I have a question, when the flowers drop I cut the stem back to about 3 inches. They’ve been in the plants for a free hours a day, and the leaves are still pretty dark green. Hi Johanna When repotting, trim off all the bad roots – if you lose many, the plant might fit back in the old pot. This creates a humid environment which the plant can absorb humidity from through the leaves and aerial roots. Good to know though, not to do that again. As Vanda Orchids grow taller they often produce additional roots from various points up the stem (as seen in picture 3). Thank you so much for your lovely comment and positive words, Joselle! Even though trimming some healthy roots would not kill the orchid, it does create stress on the plant. Thank you for your nice comment. You have fantastic growing conditions for orchids in Sri Lanka! It’s good to spray the whole root system with Hydrogen Peroxide 3% once you’re done cutting. They’ve just at some point rotted from the top, leaving only the string part left. So my question is, I just brought home an orchid from a garden center that was almost done blooming and putting a corner to sell cheap and so thought I should repot it and take a look at the roots which there were several shriveled above and below so no problem I get it, I cut those out. In ‘full water culture’, the plant’s roots are in the water at all times. Well, it does sound like a good idea actually! Once you see new roots coming out, you can put the orchid in moss-only. Yes, you can. This way, you can see the roots clearly if you have your orchids in pots. Thank you so much Irene for your reassuring advice. Therefore they have their own needs and behavior. Be sure to sanitize your cutting tool by wiping the blades with rubbing alcohol or a solution of water and bleach before you begin. I have even cut one of them and placed it into the small water glass, but 2 weeks later, nothing changed. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Discover (and save!) 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. Removing all the bad roots is vital for the orchid to survive. Root rot can happen so quickly sometimes. I haven’t cut the pinched roots, since they appear otherwise healthy roots. 4. Use either a balanced fertilizer, like 20-20-20, which is a good general fertilizer. Here you can see the exact way how to trim the flower spike; They need high humidity and high temperatures, bright light, and turbulent air flow. I definitely love this sіtе. Hi Guys and welcome back to my channel! Top cutting Vanda Orchids is one way of correcting the ‘Palm Tree’ problem. It can be okay, but I’d say less is more. You’re obviously taking a good care of your orchid. I’m an orchid enthusiast, and I created this blog to share my experience with these magical plants with you! According to orchid experts, you should definitely not remove the roots. Thank you! It’s worth a try. I normally just clean out that upper part, remove the mushy section gently with my fingers. The quick answer is: well, yes you can. The reason they’re not green is simply that they haven’t received light. 3. Should you trim them? I notice after a couple of days that the roots appear to get a little fuzzy, so I’ve changed the water. So I did air on the side of caution and rinsed the neem oil off of the roots. /Irene. Especially in this case! Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. I found your blog and decided to do the water culture. Lift the plant from the pot and if the roots are brown, then they are dead and need to be pruned. . How often do I change the water? Yes, I hope they recover too! I don’t want to stress the plants out more than they already are. Many epiphytic and lithophytic orchids can be grown in containers filled with open, free draining specialist orchid compost. 5. Views: 355, Replies: 22 » Jump to the end. Add a few drops of lemon juice in the liquid (4-5 drops to 1 liter), and use it to water your orchid as normal. By Orchid Diva. Keep an eye on it though. Choose a pot size that fits in the roots without too much extra space. I will cover a handful of common questions about orchid roots below. Vanda orchid roots appreciate exposure to air, which makes hanging boxes or pots ideal for growing these orchids. I repotted my orchid a few weeks ago and cut the dead roots. Congratulations! Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Air Roots Of Vanda Orchid Plant Stock Photo: 48238164 Vanda On Old Bridge Timbers. Think vanda orchids might be a little too much maintenance for you? 2a. 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. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come again! I cut the dead stuff off. Cut the roots with a sterilized pair of scissors, removing all the dry or mushy roots. This is called ‘Water Culture’. Take it out of its old potting media, rinse or soak the roots, clean the root system, and put in fresh media in a clean container. Healthy roots have a grayish appearance. Brittle roots indicated under-watering. To stimulate root growth, you can repot your orchid. 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. The amount of days is determined by the environment and the orchid, so every orchid grower finds their own schedule. 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. 3. "After lifting the orchid from the pot, remove all moss or bark from its roots," Rogers says. I have attached a pic of the MKRA Nauchie Eric and was wondering if I could trim the bottom at the black line I drew in the picture. The light you bought, I’m sure it’s doing the job! I’d advice you to separate it. Screenshots. Refrain from watering your orchid for at least a couple of days to allow the cuts to heal. I did leave the particular roots we talked about, attached but unfortunately I did not gently scrape off the dead stuff up above so I will keep an eye on that. Also, remember to pick a suitable orchid potting mix when you repot: SEE HERE I’d only do 100% if I’m giving the roots a treatment – like the tea soak or fertilizer.. Other than that I’d cover only 3/4 (SWC) or 1/4 (FWC) of the roots. Vandas require bright l… Place your vanda orchid in an empty wooden basket and let the roots attach themselves to the basket or hang through holes. You can leave it attached too, but it’s energy-draining for the mother plant to support it, and especially now that it has grown bigger. Otherwise, if you re-trim the ends, remember to spray the whole root system with hydrogen peroxide 3%! Another stimulant for root growth can be fertilizer. When trimming the long stalk and dead roots from your mother orchid, the same rules apply: use rubbing alcohol to clean your hand shears and always leave at least 3 healthy roots to ensure the orchid can stay hydrated. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Is a little fuzzy ok? I bookmarked your website. 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. Jun 25, 2014 #1. In fact, my wife has been in this exact predicament with several of her rescue orchids. Since I’m trying to regrow roots, should they avoid the sun? I’d do only one black tea soak overnight. Just remember moisture is important, so make sure to keep watering your orchid as needed. I definitely don’t think you’re crazy for trying to save your orchids! Ⅴery nice articⅼe. Regarding your question.. Orchids can thrive in water culture, but it’s not guaranteed all orchids take on to it. your own Pins on Pinterest 0 Comments. This type of growing environment can be mimicked in cultivation to keep the plants happy and healthy. Unless, of course, they have completely dried out, then you can safely cut them off. 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. Just remember to use sterilized scissors when you do it! Our goal is to provide a teaching tool that will help you search for and find the roots of your orchids. Do you think that was a bad idea? Check each of the plants or seedlings thoroughly before purchasing them. They’re kind of ugly! So nice to hear from you again. I know…everything online says potting Vandas is NOT OKAY and that they’re ONLY supposed to be grown bare root. Specifically I’d like to know about re-rooting phals and plants in the Cattleya Alliance. Even though most people find orchid flowers the most exciting part of keeping orchids, roots truly determine your plant’s overall well-being. This means that in the wild, they tend to grow in gaps or crevasses in tree bark, or in the joints of tree limbs. If you notice some of your orchid roots have turned yellow, or even white, don’t worry – they’re still perfectly healthy roots. Aerial roots can save your orchid from death if the plant suddenly loses all its roots inside the pot – which isn’t unheard of. Guess I’ll just bookmark this page. Also, would just leaving a bowl of water next to the plant help? Leave them be; they’re perfectly fine. If the old pot has enough space for the roots, then there’s no need to upsize – orchids like smaller space. After that use ‘normal’ water. The rest of the root is still functioning! May 6, 2018. — P.J. There’s one shortcut though; keiki paste. /Irene. Jul 2, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Israel Diaz. 2. Each one has a relatively long terrestrial root, and they do have relatively decent aerial roots, so I think they’ll survive if I baby them. Yes, you heard it right! Thank you in advance. Oh it’s Kathy again I have one more question. Make sure the specialized orchid compost reaches the roots of the vanda. . A couple of weeks later, I noticed my orchids not looking so great. Would love to see the photo! Many thanks for your time, your knowledge, and your wonderful thorough advice. Black Rot is commonly found in hot, humid climates, with temperatures ranging from 75º to 86º F (24º to 30ºC) and relative humidity closer towards 80%—which also happens to be what orchids like. You’re very welcome! Can I do anything about it? 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. In cases like this, aerial roots are a savior! Or you can pick a fertilizer that contains more Phosphorus (P), which is responsible for root growth. Also, make sure no bad tissue (in the roots/root tips) is left behind, otherwise it can continue spreading – could this be the case with your orchid? Spray with hydrogen peroxide 3% when finished cutting, to disinfect the roots. Trim away any dead or rotted roots before repotting in the sterilized potting media. Black tea contains Tannic Acid which works as a growth stimulator. 6. Normally the areal roots are left as they are. So when there’s no light, photosynthesis can’t occur, and therefore the production of chlorophyll can’t occur, which would have turned the root or leaf green. They are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 10b and 11, enjoying lots of heat and protection from frost. The writer of this blog. Thanks for great article! 6. (Wipe the blades with rubbing alcohol etc). Take good care! This is the question. I’d let 1/4 – 1/2 of the roots to be in water, in a clear container. 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. 75 Likes. Thank you for this info. In which case you can gently mist the leaves for extra hydration. Most Vandas are epiphytes. With roots like that, often the good part ends up dying too. The leaf color will take time to change anyway, so just keep using the light. Good question. I know exactly what you mean with those roots you described! It will take time for the end part to die. Firstly, if the plant has a flower spike or is starting to grow one, cut it off. /Irene. 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. Trimming roots Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Leslie_tx, Jun 25, 2014. Vanda orchids like sunny environments more than other orchids, but this also means they are prone to drying out in the heat. Is it ok for the aerial roots to be in the water? I found that your article great and very helpful to all orchid lovers. But if they really disturb you, then you can put them in the soil as long as you can do it without breaking them. They’re also known as aerial roots and can be a little daunting at first. Sadly, it’s not possible to propagate (phalaenopsis) orchids from the roots. With hydrogen peroxide, just remember to use the 3% strength – anything stronger than that will burn the plant. Another site was saying to cut them which didn’t make sense to me. But it’s an identical clone of the orchid you already have, so do it only if you want two of the same kind. Orchids with fewer roots have a higher need for humidity, so using a water-retentive medium is beneficial. Hi, It might not, but better safe than sorry? The only way to naturally make a new orchid is with seeds. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. And many do it purely for visual reasons. Good luck! Cut the roots with a sterilized pair of scissors, removing all the dry or mushy roots. Orchid air roots are not that uncommon. I bookmarked this. They’re often found in the jungle, so they are used to humid, tropical environments. Hi, I found your website with a lot of useful information. Hi. These cookies do not store any personal information. And even then, some individual orchids might have to be transferred back to potting media, if they struggle in water culture. Trimming the aerial roots could cause the plant to struggle or even die due to disease or inability to absorb sufficient water and nutrients. Some people love the look of air roots, but others find them visibly disturbing. Orchid air roots shouldn’t be trimmed as they are part of the system the plant uses to absorb nutrients and water. 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