In my opinion, orchids are the most elegant plants. I like the fact that they actually grow on tree trunks and branches. This means that their roots absorb water from the air. Furthermore, this also means that when you want to plant them at home or in your garden, they need that potting material that mimics their natural habitat. Thus, they need a garden tree branch, a cork slab or a pot filled with bark chips and peat moss. However, sometimes, the orchid roots can become mushy and die from overwatering. Also, they simply outgrow their pots and need repotting, with a few dead roots trimmed during the process. Hence, this is the time to learn how to trim properly dead orchid roots if you notice your plant needs it. Keep reading and find out the important steps!
The steps you need to do to properly trim dead orchid roots:
1. Rinse the old potting materials from the roots with tepid water. That way, you can see the roots clearly if your have your orchids in a pot.
2. Look for dead roots that are dried out or soggy and brown. When you spot a root you believe is dead, hold it and gently tug on it. If the outer skin of the root slips off to reveal a brown root or stringy thread root, it is dead.
3. Cut dead roots from the orchid plant with a sterilized blade, removing them completely. These roots may have been under or overwatered, or they may just be old. Leave healthy roots that are plump and green to white in color.
Furthermore, also consider these useful tips so maintaining your orchid comes easier:
– try repotting your orchid every 2 to 3 years, when the potting material becomes soggy.
– if dead roots are brown and mushy, your orchid roots may suffer from fungus. Treat healthy roots with powdered sulfur to prevent them from suffering the same fate.