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What are the shoots growing out of my orchid?
If your orchids are developing crazy-looking tendrils that look a little like tentacles, don't worry. Your orchid is growing roots, specifically aerial roots – a perfectly normal activity for this unique, epiphytic plant.
Do orchids sprout new plants?
If your Phalaenopsis orchid starts sprouting leaves instead of a flower at the end of its spike, congratulations! Your orchid is about to become a new mom! Such leafy growths are called “keikis,” the Hawaiian word for “baby,” and are actually baby orchids that can be cut from the stalk and planted to create new plants.
Should I cut the air roots off my orchid?
Can orchid air roots be trimmed? Orchid air roots shouldn't be trimmed as they are part of the system the plant uses to absorb nutrients and water. Trimming the aerial roots could cause the plant to struggle or even die due to disease or inability to absorb sufficient water and nutrients.
What does new growth on orchids look like?