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This is a discussion on still learning within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; i repotted my phal from potting soil (so embar) to the proper medium as suggested ...

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    i repotted my phal from potting soil (so embar) to the proper medium as suggested by this forum. now i have yet another question.
    when i purchased this phal from wal mart last year, the instructions said to water weekly using 3 ice cubes rather than water...which is what i have been doing ever since.
    i repotted initially using regular potting soil, and ice cubes were doing ok it appeared, but now that its in bark, etc, do i still do the ice cube thing? i also just purchased fert for it, but those instructions say to thoroughly wet the roots? any suggestions?

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    Please DON'T do the ice cube thing. It is one of the worst things you can do to any orchid. Orchids are tropical plants and the ice can do damage if not eventually kill the plant. Mix your fert. with room temperature water using less fert than directed. I would hold off using any type of fert until the plant has established itself in its new medium. Water about once a week until the water runs out the bottom. Make sure you don't let your orchid sit in water.

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    thanks much for this info. since i bought this phal, i've done everything wrong and it's still alive thank goodness!

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    Wow I have never heard of the ice cube thing, weird and not good to do. If your orchid is in a clear plastic pot you can see (and feel by weight) when it needs to be watered. This helped me a lot when I was first learning the difference between regular house plants and orchid watering needs. You can also buy a bag of wooden skewer sticks (they are really cheap) and stick one into the plant's potting medium to see if it is dry or still damp to determine if you need to water it.
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    Rosebudie,
    Since you don't disclose your location, this may be a moot suggestion. Where I live there are a few Orchid Producers & Shippers who invite tours of their facility. In fact there is one who holds an annual "open house" in Fall when many varieties of orchids are in bloom.

    My point is seeing thousands of orchids of many diverse species & varieties in Nearly Ideal Conditions thriving is a huge learning event for anyone who is interested in Orchid Culture. It reduces one's learning curve super fast. In this particular growers regimen, the staff is quite willing to converse intellegently with anyone who asks realistic, reasonable questions of merit. I have heard even in-depth conversations taking place. So to me it seems all who are within their production facility seem to grow during their event. By all I refer to plants, guests staff & casual "Orchid-ologists" like us.

    Do Not Confuse Ambient Humidity with Hygroscopic Saturation. The former supports growth, health & vigor, while the latter creates disease & havoc in most plants including Orchids. I-O-W. . You're far better off underwatering than overwatering your plants of any type. Unlike other organisms Plants lack a capacity to run from floods. All epiphytes need more air than water, all terrestrials require air be uptaken by their roots.

    I know this is a generality, but until I see an Aquatic Species of Orchid I will stick by it because it is true & it works for everyone albeit to varied degrees.

    CIAO y'all,

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