The Q&A Archives: Orchid Propagation

Question: Been trying to start another orchid from an existing one I have had for two years, but do not know how.

It is an orchid that I received as a gift and blooms once a year with white/pinkish blooms (15 this year) on a stalk that looks like a thin grape vine, the plant has bright green thick leave at the base (4) and many what looks like roots outside the pot growing in many weird ways. It is beautiful and when not in bloom looks like a stick with some leaves on the bottom. I hope you can help.

Answer: It sounds as though you've been very successful with your orchid and are providing all of the plant's light, humidity and air temperature requirements. Orchids grow from a pseudobulb, which is a storage organ for the plant. As the plant matures it develops additional pseudobulbs. If your plant has more than one such bulb, you can divide it between the bulbs, making two plants. Make sure that each division has at least three shoots, and be sure to stake each division up when you transplant.

By the way, it's not unusual for orchids to grow roots above the soil surface. These aerial roots should be left to grow as they wish.

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