long roots on the outside of pot

I know I need to tranplant what about the roots that are on the outside of the pot. Do I cut them off or put them in a big pot.

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Sep 11, 2012
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by: Cable Thompson

Aerial roots growing out of the pot are not a problem. If the plant is underpotted enough that most of the roots are growing out, or if the old potting mix is starting to break down, then it's time to repot. I recommend following the instructions on my repotting orchids page.

You should not cut off the aerial roots. It's okay to bury some of them in the new potting mix, and it's also okay if some of them have to stay outside the new pot because they don't fit nicely.

Nov 05, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Dont cut any orchid roots that are straying out of allocated pots.
in their natural habitat they will be pushing a profusion of roots, a sure sign of healthy growth; the more roots an orchid has the more likely it is to flower again. the only roots to EVER cut are the ones that are obviously rotting, as you are likely to see when repotting the plant. Take care when repotting that you dont accidentally damage good roots as the orchid has worked hard to produce them.

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