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If you have been into succulents for quite some time now, you might have noticed that some of them develop thin white or pink roots growing out of their stem. These are called aerial roots.
But what exactly are aerial roots? Is it one of the signs why a succulent isn’t doing well?
Keep reading to learn more about aerial roots, what they mean for your succulents, and as well as how to fix them.
Aerial roots are roots found above the ground. In other words, they do not grow where they are supposed to, which is underneath the soil. They appear in light pink or white in color and look thinner than the roots you would find underground but will eventually turn brown, dry out, and fall off naturally over a period of time.
Don't panic if you see that your succulents are beginning to develop aerial roots. Your succulents are still healthy and would just require a bit more attention than usual. In fact, they have a lot of functions that help out the plants that they grow on, like:
But how and why exactly do aerial roots form on your succulents? Aerial roots will usually form on succulents with stems, and the most common problem why they sprout includes:
Yes, succulents that don't get sufficient water will not only lead their leaves to look shriveled but also trigger them to send out aerial roots in search of more moisture.
So if you don't want to prevent them from developing aerial roots, you should keep the following in mind:
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In addition to being underwatered, succulents in a very humid environment may also develop aerial roots as they will try to absorb water from the surrounding air to supplement their needs to survive.
However, keep in mind that succulents are desert plants that like to be in dry climates, so an increase in humidity may lead to root rot, as the water may stay longer in the soil for too long.
To avoid this, it's best to transfer your succulent to a spot where they can get better airflow and are less humid.
We all know that lack of sunlight will cause your succulents to stretch out and become top-heavy with spaced-out leaves. Now, if this happens, your succulents may also form aerial roots. However, the roots won't be absorbing anything from the air, as their goal is to support the plant to prevent it from falling.
To avoid this, you should gradually transition your succulent to a spot where they can get more sunlight, like a south-facing window. If you see that it's still not enough, then consider using a grow light.
As mentioned above, aerial roots are harmless and can be left attached to your succulents. However, if you do not like their appearance or they have become quite numerous and bushy in an ugly way, then you may snip them off carefully using a scissor or simply pull them off with tweezers.
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