Orchid Plant

Asked September 26, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

If I repot my orchid, what do I do with the roots that are growing outside the pot?

Luzerne County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Carefully lift the orchid from its old pot, loosening each root individually. The roots that are stuck to the pot or are growing outside the pot can be cut using sterilized scissors or a knife to help free them. It's important to use very clean equipment, because orchids are prone to getting diseases. You can use rubbing alcohol or the flame from a lighter to sterilize your cutting implement.