trimming vanda orchid roots

Screenshots. Yes, you can. I repotted my orchid a few weeks ago and cut the dead roots. I had gotten a new plant for mother’s day and noticed that my other plants were looking a bit sad. Views: 355, Replies: 22 » Jump to the end. It’s so common to have orchids lose their roots due to insufficient watering; too much or too little. Brittle roots indicated under-watering. /Irene. I normally just clean out that upper part, remove the mushy section gently with my fingers. Keep writing! With roots like that, often the good part ends up dying too. Oh it’s Kathy again I have one more question. Hi Kathy Air Roots Of Vanda Orchid Plant Stock Photo: 48238164 Vanda On Old Bridge Timbers. I’d do only one black tea soak overnight. Removing all the bad roots is vital for the orchid to survive. March 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm Log in to Reply. your own Pins on Pinterest At the time I also watered it with fertilized water using MiracleGro orchid food. 6. 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. 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. Keep an eye on it though. 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. There are two ways to do water culture; ‘Full water culture’ (FWC) and ‘Semi-water culture’ (SWC). Thanks so much, I didn’t want to kill it. But for now, you could just see how they get on with WC. The only spot by the window that is not direct sun, is a shady NW facing window. Guess I’ll just bookmark this page. 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. You’re very welcome! When repotting, trim off all the bad roots – if you lose many, the plant might fit back in the old pot. Also, remember to pick a suitable orchid potting mix when you repot: SEE HERE All the best with your orchid journey! Generally speaking, less on the roots, the better. Refrain from watering your orchid for at least a couple of days to allow the cuts to heal. Unless, of course, they have completely dried out, then you can safely cut them off. “How to cut back a flower spike” 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. Cutting orchid roots is necessary in case of root problems, like rotting and dehydration. Hi Valerie, It does sound like the roots are beginning to rot. I’m glad I rinsed them off. Trim these bad roots off the orchid, leaving only healthy green or white roots. 3. Just accept that this is normal behavior. Thank you! I am starting to fall in love with these flowers and I am wondering if another plant can be spawn from its roots that stick outside of the pot. It’s hotly debated in the orchid groups I follow as well, but I don’t care what other people say, my climate is simply too dry to grow any orchid bare root. It will take time for the end part to die. Vanda orchids like sunny environments more than other orchids, but this also means they are prone to drying out in the heat. 89.3% 2.84K Views. 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. 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. 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. They’re kind of ugly! What should I do with this piggy back plantlet? But I noticed some of the roots (both types) were pinching off near the base of the plant, even though they appear healthy. With moss, yes – you can see some examples HERE. Thank you so much Irene for your reassuring advice. 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. Another stimulant for root growth can be fertilizer. Even though orchids like less space, the roots need media around them, because that’s where they absorb their nutrition from. Hope this helped! I have several orchid plants and some have rebloomed it does take awhile but I do enjoy the green leaves while I’m waiting for them to rebloom. Many thanks for your time, your knowledge, and your wonderful thorough advice. 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? At least you can find help here on this blog. It might not, but better safe than sorry? Hello Joselle! So keep an eye on that – no too high temps! The function of aerial roots is to absorb water and nutrients from the air and to cling on to surfaces (hence being ‘air plants’). Glad to be of any help and support. If you like what we do please make a small donation so that Orchidroots can continue to exist in the future. Hi. I know…everything online says potting Vandas is NOT OKAY and that they’re ONLY supposed to be grown bare root. Well written and easy to understand – has helped me a lot. I removed the 3 from their pots and most of their terrestrial roots had died. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. 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 . Another site was saying to cut them which didn’t make sense to me. This is a newer and a steadily growing way to keep orchids. They are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 10b and 11, enjoying lots of heat and protection from frost. Think vanda orchids might be a little too much maintenance for you? I tried to water them, then I tried to NOT water them, since I wasn’t sure if the medium wasn’t properly draining. 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. 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. Using a normal tea bag (black tea), dip it in lukewarm water until the water has a faint color. Therefore they have their own needs and behavior. After trimming, the roots shouldn’t really turn black again – not that fast. I’m sure it is very time-consuming for you but no you are appreciated. Can you tell me what else i can do if I cant cut them. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. After that use ‘normal’ water. Place your vanda orchid in an empty wooden basket and let the roots attach themselves to the basket or hang through holes. "After lifting the orchid from the pot, remove all moss or bark from its roots," Rogers says. This is because you want the plant to direct all its energy on growing roots, instead of a flower spike which requires tremendous energy. There are some greenhouses/laboratories in USA that can do this for you if you send them some seeds. Take good care! . In which case, you’re forced to trim all the dead roots, leaving the plant with few or even no roots at all. Cutting off the stems might seem drastic, but it will allow new, healthy stems to grow. But meanwhile they’re still good functioning roots! 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? And if you see it occur often, then give it some dry days. Spray with hydrogen peroxide 3% when finished cutting, to disinfect the roots. Sadly, it’s not possible to propagate (phalaenopsis) orchids from the roots. Thank you, thank you, for any and all advice you can give! Re-pot only when the roots have filled the pot, using a container that is only one or two sizes larger. According to orchid experts, you should definitely not remove the roots. I haven’t cut the pinched roots, since they appear otherwise healthy roots. These cookies do not store any personal information. Best way to describe it, it’s as if it’s spidering out.. Can you please tell me what to do!!! Potting Vandas. I of course don't want to kill them. Avoiding the sun is mainly for heat purposes, especially during summer months! I will take a picture of it and post it is amazing. The light you bought, I’m sure it’s doing the job! Page 1 of 2 • 1 2. Sorry – long story! I am an orchid grower from Sri Lanka. 5. I would have sprayed them with hydrogen peroxide but I didn’t have any that was active but I do know. Now that it has grown bigger, you can safely cut it off and plant it in moss and/or fine bark. Why is that happening? Many people prefer this method because it eliminates pest problems and saves growers from the hassle of having to repot. They do serve a purpose and I wouldn’t normally recommend to cut them, but in your situation, you CAN trim them for space-reasons. Choose a pot size that fits in the roots without too much extra space. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Just remember moisture is important, so make sure to keep watering your orchid as needed. They need time to adapt! The quick answer is: well, yes you can. New ones will grow) If you think the aquarium bubbler is needed at some point, then try it out. So glad I found you! Other times, they simply outgrow their pots and need repotting, with a few dead roots trimmed during the process. If you notice some of your orchid roots have turned yellow, or even white, don’t worry – they’re still perfectly healthy roots. There’s a good chance you’ll harm the plant or introduce a dangerous virus. Hi, Check the vanda regularly and move it to a larger basket if you see the roots filling the current one. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come again! 7. Hatcher Answer. GOOD LUCK! Would love to see the photo! Good to know though, not to do that again. Sarah. Orchids forum: Vanda root issue. And stick with one method at a time, because a change is always stressful to orchids. They’re basically hanging by a thread. Then I just left then be and watered occasionally – I didn’t really research how to care for them until now.). 8. Overgrown roots show it’s time to repot your orchid. Regarding your question.. Instead of using potting media, the orchid is simply placed in a glass vase/container, letting only the roots touch the water. Moss retains a lot of moisture. Are you repotting immediately, or letting the orchid stand in water for a while? Roots like this can die out over time, but for now just let them be. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. 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. in this video my vandas are dealing with fungus infection and also new healthy roots. And I am in the process of trying to save my original 3. When you spot a root you believe is dead, hold it and gently tug it. I’ve read that you recommened to repot new orchid and trim rotten roots, but my flower is blooming. The first time I unpotted an orchid, I was quite taken back by how different the roots looked like compared to the roots of ‘normal’ houseplants. In fact, my wife has been in this exact predicament with several of her rescue orchids. Many of the roots in the basket are dead (a few are alive). This is only a good sign because it means your orchid is thriving. Oh wow, those are some long aerial roots! Vanda orchid roots appreciate exposure to air, which makes hanging boxes or pots ideal for growing these orchids. Once you see new roots coming out, you can put the orchid in moss-only. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. /Irene. If the old pot has enough space for the roots, then there’s no need to upsize – orchids like smaller space. Here are the answers to your questions; 1. Thank you for your precise advice. . It was just a thought, along the lines of hydroponics. 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. They’re also known as aerial roots and can be a little daunting at first. I have an orchid maybe 10 years old. Hi Kathy. A couple of weeks later, I noticed my orchids not looking so great. 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. I’ve tried and failed. I hope that made sense. Cut the roots with a sterilized pair of scissors, removing all the dry or mushy roots. This method is called ‘water culture’. Is it ok for 100% of the terrestrial roots to be in the water, since they’re pinching off at the base? I’d advice you to separate it. Good luck! Because most orchids are ‘air plants’, plants that grow on trees, etc., that’s what their roots are; different. (My husband probably thinks I’m crazy for trying to save these plants, but I hate to see them die!) It’s VERY difficult. I recently got a Vanda and, a week in, noticed some of the root tips had gone brown/shrivelled (please see pics below). So if the overgrown roots are literally pushing the plant out of its pot, you can go ahead and repot it. Just remember to use sterilized scissors when you do it! 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. Education. If so, is there any link on this site that would help with that? The amount of days is determined by the environment and the orchid, so every orchid grower finds their own schedule. Then my new plant started dying, and realized that my orchids had been over watered. And many do it purely for visual reasons. Root rot can happen so quickly sometimes. It depends on the growing environment, how long it takes for the roots to dry. I have a question, when the flowers drop I cut the stem back to about 3 inches. 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. 4. Mold (white) should be rinsed off. 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