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Q: What should I do when roots come through openings in the pot (Net, Slotted, Oxygen Core etc.)?
A: Orchids are notorious for sending roots every different which way. That's not so
surprising since orchids growing in the wild are free to extend their roots in search of moisture, food, support
and light. There are a few schools of thought on how best to deal with adventurous roots. For example, with Net
pots one can snip away the pot if needed when the time comes, and another is to move the plant up to the next
size before the roots get too established working through the net material. Slotted pots can be similarly cut or
snipped away from roots when the time comes to repot or it is necessary to move the plant up or out of its
Oxygen Core Dual Pots create a very favorable growing environment and root growth is likely to be quite vigorous
soon after potting in them. One can use the inner pot until the roots start to expand and then remove the plant
from it and place it back into the outer shell (kind of like taking training wheels off a child's bike).
Vigorous healthy root growth is a good thing, and supports an overall happy and healthy orchid that will produce
strong leaves and beautiful flowers. Managing the repotting process so plants are able to develop a strong and
expanding root zone is an important part of the equation.
For more information see our orchid repotting information.
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