Your orchid’s roots are vital to its health, providing nutrients and other necessities as the plant goes through its lifecycle. A Phalaenopsis orchid’s roots are hard to miss and provide keys to the plant’s health.
Orchid roots go in search of food, light and moisture, so instead of staying beneath the soil like most other roots, orchid roots twist and turn in all directions. Sometimes they stick out from the pot, which can help them absorb moisture, but most roots stay hidden within the orchid’s drainage pot. To check the plant’s health, it can be helpful to pick it up from its decorative pot and take a look at its roots, which will be visible under the potting media.
Here’s a look at what your orchid’s roots may be telling you: