What should I do with roots on the surface of the pot?
Orchids can develop unsightly ‘air roots’ that grow out of the pot. Simply cut them off: these roots are unable to absorb water.
Is there something wrong if my orchid’s roots smell or turn brown or black?
Smelly or brown/black roots are a sign of rot. Healthy roots are pale green or grey.
What should I do with rotting roots?
You don’t need to throw out an orchid with rotting roots. If the plant has some healthy-looking air roots, you can use these to establish ‘new’ roots. Take the plant out of the pot, remove the rotting roots, and place the air roots in the pot with some fresh orchid compost.
My orchid is wilted. Should I give it more water?
Orchids that become too dry will tend to wilt or have grey, shrunken roots. Make sure you give it some more water.
What can I do about yellow leaves?
An overwatered orchid will turn yellow because the roots start to rot. If you think you haven’t overwatered your orchid, check the temperature of the water: it could be too cold. The plant will eventually shed any yellow leaves.