The quality of the roots is the measure for the further existence of the whole plant. The more strong and healthy roots it has, the greater the flowering capacity we can expect from it. The uptake of nutrients by the leaves is undisputed. However, it is not enough on its own, to enable the plant to do so, what we expect from her: safe and abundant flowering. This is how the one who loves orchids sees, who understands, in the nature of the roots, future joy in the beauty of the flowers precedes it – or not, if the plant is unable to perform well due to questionable roots. The Paphiopedilum – with the German name Frauenschuh – are of great importance also for the orchid lover. They are terrestrial, develop partly. few, but relatively strong roots, which are covered with a thick fur of root hair. When transplanting you will often notice with astonishment, How few roots the plant can still be viable with.
The flat one, I still have to remember the ribbon-shaped roots of some Phalaenopsis. Conclusions about the health of the plant can also be drawn from its properties. They are permanently attached to the outer wall of the vessel. The Velamen shimmers in silver – a layer of empty cells – above the green underground, the part of the root, who is capable of assimilation. There, where they hang freely in the air, are they less flat, mostly a bit twisted. One has the feeling, as if they were constantly looking for something to hold on to, according to a document, that they can attach themselves to, to help anchor the plant securely.