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Question Growing Roots not hitting the growing medium

Hello all! Thank you for any help you can give with my issue

I have a Phalaenopsis orchid. My wife bought it 3 years back and it bloomed for many months then lost its flowers and has yet to grow back.

The plant seems to be exhibiting some odd behavior. It is growing many, many, new roots (like 7), but they are growing high up on the plant and they never seem to reach the growing medium. In fact, a couple roots have started growing above the leaves!

The plant also seems to be growing more and more leaves, Right now it has 3 very large leaves on each side and is growing another one very quickly. I recently moved to an apartment with more light, which may be the cause.

Lastly, some of the roots that never hit the ground have black tips.

Please share you expertise so I can give my plant what it needs. Thank you!
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I will be excited to hear the feedback on this as I'm experiencing the same thing right now. I adopted a phal seedling this weekend that was sorely in need of a repot (think root dreadlocks that were 10+ inches long!!). After removing the rotten central roots I was able to coax most of the roots into the new medium but there is one that popped out between 2 leaves and is growing on the same axis as the leaves. It's healthy and green at the tip so I've just kinda sprayed it so it doesn't atrophy completely.

I'd like to try saving the root because at least half of the root structure had to be removed. Poor little guy must be in total shock right now.
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Hi Welcome to the form, a few photos may be a big help.
Often the roots grow upwards due to low light levels, maybe the potting mix is old, plant sitting too high in the mix, lack of humidity, so many possibility.
Photos may solve all this
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Hello and welcome aboard
this isn't uncommon, these are aerial roots. in the wild where they grow in trees the roots spread out gripping the tree bark and some dangle around. they collect moisture from the air, we put them in pots for our conveniece to contain them in a growing area.
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Pictures

Hey guys,

Here are some pictures. The two things that concern me the most:

1. Some of the roots on the backside of the plant have black tips, this may be because they are completely shaded and grew mold, fungus, etc. I tried lifting up that side of the plant with a golf tee to get some light in there.

2. Some of the roots growing in the air have started to wilt on the ends.

3. The medium appears to be filled with dead roots, most likely the result of me over fertilizing.

I cant post pics or links yet so I modified the urls below.

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-1.jpg

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-2.jpg

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-3.jpg

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-4.jpg

Thanks again!
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I cant post pics or links yet so I modified the urls below.

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-1.jpg

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-2.jpg

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-3.jpg

h-t-t-p://w-w-w.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-4.jpg

Thanks again!
Here you go...the images are quite large though:

http://www.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-1.jpg
http://www.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-2.jpg
http://www.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-3.jpg
http://www.refinedhype.com/videos/orchid-4.jpg

I am no expert with Phals but if that were my plant I would get rid of the sphagnum medium and repot that guy in some quality orchid bark.

Just my two cents.

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Your Phal. looks to be in decent shape but is in need of a repot; if your comfortable using the medium it's currently potted in then by all means stick with it
There are several posts if not sticky's regarding repotting a Phal. on the forum which may be of assitance under the Orchid Potting Mediums section.
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