Orchids forum: Orchids in water culture and semi hydroponics

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Mdntnmtgmy
Apr 23, 2018 3:35 PM CST
Just a quick update on how my plants have progressed in both setups. Hope you enjoy the photos, and feel free to ask anyquestions.

Zygopetalum
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Phals
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This one has 19 blooms
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Miltoniopsis
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Aliceara
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Vandas P. DELIGHT, soaked ever morning then allowed to dry.
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Many new roots and growth. I am pleased with progress

[Last edited by Ursula - Apr 24, 2018 7:32 AM (+)]
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 23, 2018 5:52 PM CST
Wow! I'm impressed. I have a big bag of hydrotron, so I may just try that. How often do you change the water?
Surprise AZ
Mdntnmtgmy
Apr 24, 2018 7:36 AM CST
@ctcarol for my plants in the semi hydroponics with lava (or leca) I run fresh water through the pot a few times when the reservoir dries, atm about 1x every 2 -3 weeks. With it getting warmer I expect to water 1x a week or so. There are two holes in the side of the container, aids in circulation, and gives the ability to flush the deposits. Also makes sure you can't over water. You could rinse or water daily of you like. Just don't let the reservoir go dry.

The ones in Full water culture I do a weekly water change
Surprise AZ
Mdntnmtgmy
Apr 24, 2018 7:44 AM CST

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Here's a better picture if the pot that shows how the wicking properties work. The reservoir is filled and it creates an evenly moist environment around the roots but with enough air to not rot roots.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 24, 2018 1:18 PM CST
Thanks! I will try it with a couple of small, struggling plants.
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Mdntnmtgmy
Apr 26, 2018 8:14 AM CST
Oh, and here's pictures of the ones in bloom to show flower output.
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Secondary extended blooms accidently broke the tip
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[Last edited by Ursula - Apr 26, 2018 11:12 AM (+)]
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 26, 2018 11:16 AM CST

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Such a nice eye-ful!! Thumbs up

Now I have a suggestion - how about doing an experiment in parallel? Pick up two cheap, hopefully identical Phals. Grow one the " normal way" and the other one in SH and compare them periodically.
I would be curious how they fare.
I don't know if you see that the healthiest roots are not submerged, but growing happily above the set up?
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Mdntnmtgmy
May 9, 2018 4:06 PM CST
@Ursula

I think you may be jumping to a biased decision and not looking at the facts. These are all new root growths making their way into the media.

There are roots into the containers also, just a few examples.... Blinking

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids 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 Spiders!
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Ursula
May 9, 2018 5:21 PM CST

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I see! Smiling

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