Roots

Roots

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Shriveled Root

Do not be alarmed if the roots of your orchid begin to grow outside of the pot. These are aerial roots trying to capture nutrients from the air. If these roots appear to be shriveled and dry, then they are dead. This happens due to low humidity but it will not affect the health of your orchid. The roots have a coating called “velamen” that appears grey when dry and green when wet.

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Grey Roots

The roots have a coating called “velamen” that appears grey when dry and green when wet. If all the roots in the pot appear grey, the plant requires water.

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Root Tip

A root with a reddish tip is a sign of happy plant with new root growth.

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New Roots

New roots may begin to grow from your orchid. Do not mistake this root for a new stem, it will not produce any flowers.

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Happy Roots

If you remove your orchid from its pot, you should be able to observe thick, green roots. If all the roots appear to be grey and shriveled, it may be time to water your orchid. Be sure to test the substrate for dampness with your finger before watering.

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