Orchids are a lot like us. They get hungry and thirsty and if their needs aren’t met, they’ll let us know. Since they can’t exactly talk to us, one way they get their needs across is through the condition of their roots.
Roots are an essential part of an orchid’s anatomy. Orchid roots are the sturdy foundation upon which the spikes and blooms grow. Theirs is the most important job of all—to feed the orchid fresh water and rich nutrients.
The root system can make or break an orchid’s health. That’s why we absolutely must keep our orchid roots happy!
What Roots Have to Tell Us
An orchid’s roots are a sort of signaling device letting us know when our orchid needs water. When our orchid’s roots are a lush, green color, they’ve had just the right amount of water. If, on the other hand, they are a shade of grayish-white, it means they’d probably love some more water. If you notice your orchid’s roots look completely white or gray before they are due for their next watering, it’s a good idea to start giving your orchid 4 ice cubes instead of 3. On the average, though, we recommend watering your Just Add Ice Orchid with 3 ice cubes once a week.
If your Just Add Ice Orchid’s soil is a little too moist, you might notice that its roots are growing more outside the pot. This is a-okay, though. These are called air roots, and they present no harm to the orchid. They are actually quite helpful in that they absorb moisture and carbon dioxide from the outside air.
Just Add Ice orchids are outfitted with a clear growing pot placed inside a decorative pot. In the clear growing pot, you’ll find holes at the bottom. The holes are there for your orchid to drain its excess water, as excess water can be harmful to the plant. If you decide to repot your orchid, make sure you choose a pot with lots of holes at its bottom to ensure healthy roots.
For more info about caring for your orchid’s roots, check out our Orchid Root Health Guide!