Post a reply

Watering Houseplants

By imapigeon
November 15, 2013

Water indoor or outdoor planters (especially hanging ones) with ice cubes. The ice melts slowly, giving the plant's roots a thorough watering, and the water doesn't drip everywhere.

[View the item]

Image
Nov 15, 2013 2:57 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 7a
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums
Please, please - Rolling my eyes.
There is a huge nursery in Oberlin growing Phalaenopsis and selling them everywhere with exactly those instructions. It started out as a sales - gimmick, and we have been trying hard to erase the misconception that this might be a good thing. And now I see it has expanded to other plants as well.
Please forgive me for not responding positive, but I felt I had to speak up.
Ursula
Image
Nov 15, 2013 3:07 PM CST
Name: Tara
NE. FL. (Zone 9a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener Garden Sages Birds Frogs and Toads Dragonflies
Butterflies Hummingbirder Orchids Container Gardener Garden Procrastinator Foliage Fan
Last edited by terrafirma Nov 15, 2013 3:15 PM Icon for preview
Avatar for piksihk
Nov 15, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
In the beginning GOD created ...
Amaryllis Region: Florida Hummingbirder Irises Lilies Master Gardener: Texas
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Texas Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies Cottage Gardener Container Gardener
When I accidently drop ice cubes on the floor, I throw it into my houseplants.
Image
Nov 15, 2013 5:14 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Amaryllis Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida Irises
Herbs Region: Florida Vegetable Grower Daylilies Birds Cat Lover
I sure do agree with Ursula, watering with ice cubes isn't going to benefit a tropical plant (which most indoor plants are) let alone an orchid.

The shock of ice cold water will certainly slow down the plant's growth, and may actually induce dormancy in some really sensitive plants. Inside your house where your plants are happily growing at 65 to 75 degrees, why would you water them with 32deg. water? Thumbs down Thumbs down

I've used ice cubes to keep some plants cooler in my Florida garden, when the weather warms up too fast in spring. Cool season veggies don't mind the cold water. Hardy perennial plants in containers outdoors might be ok with ice cubes, too, if you wanted to keep them dormant. Aside from that I can't think of another plant I'd ever use them on.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Avatar for Malcolmmann
Nov 16, 2013 4:22 AM CST

I have used ice cubes before on Phalaenopsis and there has been now harm done. In the process of thawing atop the insulating shredded bark the orchids are potted in the temp does note go down enough to harm the roots. Once the melting point is reached , heat of fusion also raises the ices ambient temperature as it melts and trickles into the media. Orchids have a worldwide distribution and are found in various forms on all continents save Antarctica. To do that some of them have to be a lot more resilient than people give them credit.
Image
Nov 16, 2013 8:59 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Amaryllis Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida Irises
Herbs Region: Florida Vegetable Grower Daylilies Birds Cat Lover
Sure, but the orchids that grow in cool climates are not the ones people buy to grow in their houses.

Phalaenopsis, for example, never ever would be exposed to water that cold in their native environment. If you want to grow one for years, and have it stay healthy and bloom you will not use the ice cube method to water it.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Image
Nov 16, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 7a
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums
I was going to let it go, but:

Malcolmmann - just for clarity's sake, is it
"there has been NOW harm done" ? As you wrote? Or is that a typo?

Heat of fusion? sigh…

Btw we are not discussing the resilience of plants, but we wish to see them thrive, no? Or the distribution of plants/Orchids in tropical or intermediate climates.

And now I truly bow out here, honestly…… Smiling
Image
Nov 16, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
Tender Perennials Tomato Heads The WITWIT Badge Region: Utah Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
I always use tepid water...........
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.
  • Started by: Ursula
  • Replies: 7, views: 10,961
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Zoia and is called "Flag Iris"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.