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Semi-Hydroponics - your experiences?

This is a discussion on Semi-Hydroponics - your experiences? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am interested in hearing experiences with different genera grown in semi-hydroponics. What type of ...

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    I am interested in hearing experiences with different genera grown in semi-hydroponics. What type of media, different plants, watering patterns, feeding etc. This is my first post to this forum and I'm excited to try it. Just getting acquainted with this post. Thanks much! Callie

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    Hi Callie--welcome!

    Pook posted a photo yesterday of an Angraecum he grew using S/H culture, and he recommended First Rays Orchids as a source to learn more about it.

    I've never tried S/H myself but, if his pic is any indication of the results you can get, it's definitely worth looking into.

    Here's the thread he posted:

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...p?threadid=164

    If anyone else here has grown using S/H, I'd like to hear about your experiences as well!

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    I started putting my orchids in S/H the first part of April-started with catts and dends with new growth and not blooming. They are doing great-new roots and new growths. Sucked it up and did my blooming phals too-so far, they haven't missed a beat.
    Ease of potting, watering , fertilizing has been impressive. Bulbos are in it too..........so far so good, keeping fingers crossed-will update you..

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    I started putting my orchids in S/H the first part of April-started with catts and dends with new growth and not blooming. They are doing great-new roots and new growths. Sucked it up and did my blooming phals too-so far, they haven't missed a beat.
    Ease of potting, watering , fertilizing has been impressive. Bulbos are in it too..........so far so good, keeping fingers crossed-will update you..

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    I switched most of my plants to S/H. I find that what it really helps with is knowing when to water. First of all, I'm a chronic underwaterer, and second of all, I really hadn't thought last year about how to compensate for higher temperatures.

    It's really great, actually - all my oncidium intergenerics look so happy I can barely believe it.

    I've got phals in there, all of which began putting out new roots when they got moved, catts (mostly minis and seedlings, though. I'm kind of scared to drop my big guys in there because I don't want to drown them), my angcm. sesquipedale (I have no idea if he's happy or not except he seems to be drinking the water, because it's about the poutiest plant I've ever owned), and a baby bulbo.

    I know when I need to water them, and I don't have to soak. It has cut down my time spent watering my mere 30 plants by about 45 minutes, plus, it has made them much happier. I am fully a convert.

    I just wish I had the courage to drop a vanda in there to see how it would go.

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    Invinciblegirl: I've got everything in terra cotta pots; some are "orchid" pots with holes on the sides, near the bottom. If I want to switch to S/H, can I use these pots? Or do I need to switch to the plastic pots with holes about an inch or two up from the bottom? Can you describe what you're using? I've recently switched from a bark mix to sphagnum for my phals, and even though it looks like I have a lifetime supply of sphag (I could only find it in industrial size...), I'm considering trying S/H, at least for a few plants.
    Thanks for your advice,
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    I've got lots of my large catts in S/H-none of them have drowned yet They are actually doing really well-new growths etc, a couple even have spikes after getting moved as recently as April-
    I don't think you can use the special "orchid " pots-the pots for S/H have two holes an inch from the bottom-the inch area creates a reservoir for the water-Too many holes and there would be no reservoir!
    I don't have much luck with moss-it seems to stay tooo wet or too dry for me AND it's the pits to get out of the roots when you want to repot. But that's just my 2 cents worth!
    So far, I like the S/H a lot-and it doesn't decompose and roots don't ROT! You can use it over-
    Good luck ladies!

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    So, what do you do when something potted in S/H is in bloom and you want to put it on display in your house? I've got about 30 plants, some in a kitchen window with supplemental light, but most are outside. I like to move them into the living room or my home office when they're blooming so I can look at them more (and bask in my good fortune that I've gotten it to bloom)... Do you put the S/H pot into a cache pot? Am I too dense to picture it?

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    Never dense-Putting the S/H pot inside a cache pot will work-though I think when you water, you'd wanna take it out! The little holes on the side drain the excess water so you'd have a mess if you left it in the cache pot with all its holes.
    That's one thing *I* like about S/H-you don't have the bark grower's worry of root rot-They are GROWING in water, you know?
    Hope this makes displaying a bit clearer.
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    Where do you guys get the ceramic balls? Online? At FirstRays.com? I think I'm going to try it with a few.

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