Orchid in a Plastic Sleeve

Should you remove the transparent plastic sleeve which encases the roots of a new orchid plant?

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I think orchid growers ship orchids in these plastic cups or sleeves just to keep the growing media from drying out.

Fortunately, orchid roots have a hard time attaching themselves to plastic so you should be able to slip the plant out of the plastic sleeve easily.

As long as there are drainage holes in the sleeve, you don't strictly have to remove it. You could leave the orchid inside it and just slip the whole thing into a prettier cache pot.

If you want to plant the orchid in a permanent pot, slip it out of the plastic cup and push it gently down into an orchid pot just big enough for the roots to fit into without being cramped.

A few roots can stick out at the top as this is normally the way orchids grow.

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