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Helping Your Orchids Grow Healthy Roots

March 25, 2013

The health of your Phalaenopsis orchid is very much dependent on the health of its root system. An orchid with healthy roots will grow well and produce beautiful flowers, while one that has bad roots will not survive for long. Proper watering and choosing the right potting material are essential to keeping the roots of your orchid strong and healthy.

Follow these instructions to help your Phalaenopsis orchid grow healthy roots:

  • First of all, you have to choose a light potting material for your Phal, such as peat moss, sphagnum moss, or bark chips. A light potting material has sufficient water holding capacity to enable the orchid to stay healthy and provides enough aeration for the roots.
  • If the leaves of your orchid are becoming a little crinkled or its pods are shrinking, it means that it needs watering. It is important to know that an orchid is better off being too dry than too wet. Overwatering can result in root rot.
  • Keep watering your orchid until the potting material is completely moist. The quantity of water and the frequency of watering may vary depending on the potting material used and the temperature and humidity in the growing area.
  • Use filtered water containing as little salt as possible to moisten your orchid. The roots of your orchid can break if they take in too much salt, resulting in discoloration or death.
  • Morning is the best time to water your orchid, especially if you are growing it outdoors. Watering in the morning enables excess water to be drained or evaporated before the temperature becomes colder.

Visit our Orchid Care section to learn how to care for the roots of your orchid.