Orchids forum: Does anyone do water culture???

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Name: Kim
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klc
Mar 10, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Does anyone grow their orchids using the water culture or semi water culture method? I just learned of it and was wondering if it is effective? Confused
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 10, 2017 11:30 PM CST
I haven't tried it yet but plan to as soon as I find a suitable victim (ur... candidate). I got ahold of a couple free goldfish bowls and some clay pellets left over from my daughter's hydroponic system. I plan to use the semi-hydro method as I suspect that, long term, the all hydro wouldn't work (I think the orchid roots would rot). Using a clear container, I can monitor the amount of water my orchids get and I can watch the roots grow. I was going to try it with a Phalaenopsis and a Cattleya seedling.

This would be an interesting topic to move over to the orchid forum.
Name: Kim
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klc
Mar 11, 2017 2:32 AM CST
Oops...thought I had started it there!! *Blush* LOL

I've been following a group on Facebook and they seem to be doing very well with them.... say the roots don't rot, just keep about 1/4 of the roots in the water and keep the crown completely out.

Thought it might be fun to try something new! (NOT my picture!!)

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I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 11, 2017 10:20 AM CST
That's what I envisioned when I first heard about it. Like growing Peace Lilies in a glass vase with a Betta Fish swimming around in between the roots (Am I showing my age?). I did that once and still have the vase and thought growing orchids that way would be cool. But when I started researching, I couldn't find anything about it.

You may have started in the Orchid forum and I was just lost and confused.
Name: Kim
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klc
Mar 11, 2017 4:47 PM CST
If you youtube "water culture orchids" , there is lots of info and this is the facebook group I've been following... maybe they can help you...

Water Culture Orchids and General Orchid Care

https://www.facebook.com/group...
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 12, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Seems like a great way to grow orchids especially in areas with low humidity. My daughter in Salt Lake has an Onc. Sharry Baby that I bought her 3 years ago. She grows it in a large, square glass vase with about 4in. of pea gravel in the bottom, the orchid's roots sitting on top of the water/gravel, and most of the foliage out the top of the vase. It seems really happy in there and has bloomed regularly for her. She keeps the water sweet by rinsing the gravel once in a while with a hydrogen peroxide douse. So far, I haven't noticed any of the roots venturing down into the gravel, though.

Interested to see how your Cattleya does growing with this method, Daisy. You too, Kim, keep us posted.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 12, 2017 11:54 PM CST
Some friends have asked me to adopt their mother's orchids (she died in January). They are mostly Phalaenopsis. I am getting out the vases and goldfish bowls in anticipation. I have to find something small enough for the little Cattleya seedling - maybe a 1/2 pint jar (its that small).
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 23, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Have read about semi-hydro a lot and I have tested with some of my other plants. As to orchids, I think the best candidates will be those from the Oncidium alliance, they are such water hogs. Got to do proper timing in switching to semi-hydro though, at the time when the orchid is actually actively growing new roots, otherwise, so easy to rot the roots. But as always, got to make consideration for overall temps and airflow in ones growing area. It is indeed nice option if one does not like to water often, or the orchid is just so water needy.

And orchids do go in phases of going somewhat dormant after blooming, so one will still have to be observant about it, and just allow plant to rest. I like that with semi-hydro the media used are clay rocks, they do not rot, have lots of air pockets for airflow at rootzone, but it will also hold a lot of salt, so a good flushing of the media has to be done every so often.

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