Aerial roots are just roots that grow on the stem of the succulent rather than the soil. They are usually pink or white in color. They form on succulents that are either not getting enough water or not getting enough sun.
Subsequently, why are plant roots pink?
Pink root is caused by a fungi called Phoma terrestris. Phoma terrestris is nearly always present in the soil and it pretty much lasts forever. Normally, it causes no serious problems.
Also to know is, what do bad succulent roots look like?
Root rot appears as dark brown or black roots that are almost always wet and slimy. They will likely disintegrate if you touch them (or as you pull them from the soil). Rotting roots are often accompanied by a mild smell of rotting vegetation.
How do I encourage my succulents to grow roots?
Encouraging Root Growth in Succulents
Therefore, water them thrice a week to grow the roots healthier. Also, when you water your succulents, make sure to soak the soil completely; however, you must bed them in well-drained soil. It allows the excess water to drain off quickly, preventing it from pooling in the soil.
Generally aerial roots will form on a succulent that isn’t getting enough water and often when it’s in a humid environment. Succulents absorb water through their roots from the surrounding air. … This is when aerial roots start to form. Your succulent is simply telling you it is thirsty and needs a deeper watering.
It is best to cut off the bloom stalks once the plant is done blooming. Use sharp pruning shears or scissors and cut the blooms stalks off as close to the plant as possible without damaging its leaves. Once you trim off the bloom stalks, you can continue caring for your plant as is.
As we can conclude from the above, aerial roots aren’t necessarily bad. They just mean your succulent is trying to fulfill a need. This need can be natural (in ground-covering plants and plants that grow pups) but it can also be caused by a care issue (etiolation, lack of water).