Can I trim most of the roots off and leave some to keep it rooted into the new soil I am going to use? Should I leave it as is?
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rara_avis wrote:Cut off anything dark brown/black and mushy (if you squish it it should flatten/mush easily) with scissors cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes. If it’s yellow/light brown or even dark brown but feels firm to the touch, leave it be. Some potting media can stain roots to look darker.Thank you!
Try not to disturb the healthy roots and get what you can, it’s ok if it isn’t perfect! If you can, wet the roots and sort of wiggle them apart get some of the dead roots from inside but don’t push beyond what the orchid can handle. Then, spray the roots down with 3% hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and prevent bacteria on the open cuts. Repot in washed coconut/perlite/lava rock mix or whatever orchid media of choice and use a pot that goes out 1-2 inches around the orchid (not necessarily bigger than it’s current pot, just a pot with enough room for it to develop a few new pseudobulbs over the next couple years in) with drainage holes in the bottom and ideally the sides too.
Enjoy your new plant! I’m new-ish to orchids myself but have read multiple AOS books on the topic and this is what I did with my own Oncidum that’s doing fabulously now.
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