If your orchids are developing tendrils that look like they’re floating on top of water, don’t worry. your orchid is growing roots, specifically aerial roots, a perfectly normal activity for this unique plant. You can learn more about the orchid air roots and what to do about them. Air roots are tiny roots that grow from the surface of the plant’s leaves.

These roots can reach up to 1/2 inch in diameter and can be found on the underside of leaves, stems, and even the petioles of flowers. Air roots grow in the same way as any other plant root, but they are not attached to the leaf surface. Instead, they form a network of tiny, air-filled tubes that connect the leaves to each other and the ground.

The air inside these tubes is drawn in by the movement of air currents. When the air is pulled in, it expands and contracts as it moves through the tube.

Here’s a pretty interesting video about the process:

Should I trim orchid shoots?

Want to see those beautiful blooms return? Trimming orchid spikes during the cooler temperatures of the fall season is one of the best ways to encourage reblooming in future months. It’s worth it for a first time orchid owner to trim their orchid’s spikes.

How do you remove keiki from orchid base?

To remove a keiki, use a sterile cutting tool and cut the cane about 2 inches above and below the keiki. It will be easy to remove it from the mother plant. Remove the root ball by cutting it off at the base with a sharp knife or scissors.

You can also remove the roots by pulling them out with tweezers or a pair of pliers. Be careful not to cut off the entire root system. If you do, you will have to start all over again.

What do you do with orchid stems?

If the stem is removed, the plant’s energy will be directed toward root development, which will make for a healthier plant and increased chances for new blooms.

How do you propagate orchid stems?

Cut the stem near the orchids base and just above a node, or leaf joint. A new orchid will be able to grow from the trimmed stem. Cut your stem into pieces that contain at least 2 nodes. I like to use an anti-fungal such as Tanglefoot to cover the ends. Once you have your cuttings, you will need to place them in a plastic bag or container to keep them from drying out.

If you are using a bag, make sure that it is large enough to hold the pieces. You can also use a paper bag if you don’t want to use the bag. Place the bags or containers in the refrigerator for a few days to allow the air to circulate around the plants. Once they have cooled down, they will be ready to be transplanted.

Why is my orchid growing so many aerial roots?

When an orchid has a lot of aerial roots, it means that the orchid needs to be repot. This can be a sign that the roots are not very healthy and the orchid doesn’t get enough nutrition through them. This grows aerial roots to get the necessary nutrition from the soil.

Will an orchid Rebloom on same stem?

Let’s talk about the Phalaenopsis orchid or moth orchid, the one you likely got from the grocery store. This is the only orchid that will rebloom on the same stalk. The orchids will bloom again, but not from the same stalks. The orchids can be trimmed at the base of the stem to make room for the new growth.

Well, it depends on what you want to do with it. If you’re going to grow it as a houseplant, you’ll need to know how to care for it properly. You can read more about that in my article on houseplants.

But for now, let’s just that it’s a good idea to keep it in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. It’s also important that you don’t let it get too hot or too cold, or it will start to wilt and die. And, of course, keep the soil moist and well-drained.

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