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Unread 09-07-2010, 05:31 AM
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Default orchid sprouting ariel roots

Please help.

My beautiful Orchid is now 2 years old and has flowered again. However in the last few months it's had a mad growth spurt and developed roots which are very high on the plant.

I've attached a picture what should I do with these? Does it need repotting and if so how do I pot these high roots whithout covering the healthy bottom part of the orchid.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 05:57 AM
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Those very high leaves and roots are called keiki, which is a Hawaiian word for baby or child.

They are new plants and can be removed and potted separately. Cut the stem about a half inch below and above the keiki and re-pot.

After two years it is time to also re-pot the mother plant. Medium breaks down in the pot and needs to be replaced.

Remove the mother plant and clean off the old medium. Cut off any dead or soft roots and replace it in the same pot. It does not need a larger pot.

It has done so well for you use the same type of potting medium. It probably is a mixture of several types. If you are not sure post another photo and we will try to help.

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Unread 09-07-2010, 06:45 AM
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I agree.... Cut those Keiki's off and pot them....Plus repot your mother plant too
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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:34 PM
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Can someone please tell me the name of this orchid sprouting ariel roots posted by galer1981.
Thank you in advance.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:38 PM
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Could be a Phalaenopsis hybrid or Phalaenopsis equestris. If it is a hybrid, then I don't know the name of the hybrid.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:42 PM
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Default orchid sprouting ariel roots

Thanks Philip! I appreciate it.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 08:05 PM

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Awesome orchid! You now just had a "litter" of phals, haha! Grats.
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