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Should I stuff aerial roots into the pot when repotting?

8 years ago

This orchid desperately needs to be repotted but it has the craziest roots growing outside its current pot. I don't think they will fit into the new pot even though I'm going a size up and I'm worried about forcing them in and breaking them. What do I do? Leave them be, prune the roots, or force them into the pot? Note, it just started growing a new spike - it's not close to flowering at all yet, but would bud blast be an issue?

Here's the spike

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