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This is a discussion on watering a Sophrolaliea? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just obtained a Sophrolaliea orchid and need advise on watering it. My research suggests ...
I just obtained a Sophrolaliea orchid and need advise on watering it. My research suggests that Soph. need to be kept moist at all times and that Lalieas need rather dry winter rest period. You can't have it both ways. I have it in med. fir bark and my inclination is to water it once a week year-round with rain water -PH 6/6.5. My Wardian case maintains 70% RH, intermediate temp ranges and 24/7 air movement. Your thoughts?
I have not grown inside a case, but I think your plan sounds sound. We water twice a week all summer and once a week all winter - all of our cattleyas (all varieties). They always dry out between waterings. We grow in a large bark mix with lots of styro-peanuts to put air around the roots.