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How should I care for an orchid that has new growth on stems, but has roots growing out of the pot?
Hi Laura - I just saw the same thing myself not so long ago. The new growth looks like a flower stem! You must be doing something right! I've had this happen twice and both times, I whooped aloud. If I were you, I'd mist those areal roots and give the plant a shot of orchid food. Be careful if you need to support the flower stem, you don't want to stab the roots!
When any plant in a pot thrives, it looks for more room to grow. The roots will find an opening or sometimes they just break the pot altogether. They want to get out and grow more. I suggest you get some fertilized soil from the store, and a larger pot. Then just flip the plant out of the old pot by holding your fingers around the base of the stem and tip the pot completely over so the soil stays intact around the plant until it comes out completely. Then add some soil to the larger pot and transplant your plant to a bigger play ground. You are doing something right otherwise new growth would not be noticed. This formula works for all potted plants, indoors or out. Enjoy
I hope your orchid is doing well. I know you posted this over a year ago! This is an epiphytic orchid. They grow, not in soil, but attach to trees, rocks, etc.in their natural settings. The best planting medium is bark and moss, packed well. Containers often have holes for aeration. This looks like a phalenopsis or "moth orchid." Water well once a week, offer good indoor light, and fertilize regularly. They are beautiful!
Hi Cat--thank you for your answer. I think I need to repot my orchid--I now have it in soil with moss on top, but it is not doing anything and the roots are drying out. Can I cut the dry roots?
You can remove the dried roots. Hopefully you also see some plump roots. Orchids like to be somewhat crowded in the pot so move up in size gradually. I'd still remove the soil and pack w/ the bark chunks.
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