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Indoor Orchid Watering?

This is a discussion on Indoor Orchid Watering? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; SPRAY BOTTLE!!..THATS IT FOLKS!...i have 3 different shelves with three different watering frequencies in a ...

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    SPRAY BOTTLE!!..THATS IT FOLKS!...i have 3 different shelves with three different watering frequencies in a southwest window. So the way i do it is....one shelf always gets a watering, the next not as much and so on....and of course they are placed from left to right and front and back to appropriate water/light/heat/sunlight requirements....the most watered shelf is on the bottom to increase the relative humidity for the two shelves above. I wet the media till it comes out the bottom with distilled water and ferts ....and then some to let sit on shelf.... .mostly at night or in the morning to allow a dew effect and let the water soak the bark a bit longer before evaporation..i do this maybe twice a week depending ...twice a month ill flush with plain water without the spray bottle.....ill mist whenever im around aswell ...oh yeah i have a select 35 and counting

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    This is a great topic! I use a method similar to many of the posts here. I place the orchid pots into a large plastic container, pour a generous amount of water from my watering can into each one, and then use a turkey baster to suck up the standing water and squirt back more water into each pot until they're all pretty well watered. Then, I remove each pot from the large container and replace them to their assigned places on their pebble trays where they can continue draining. I do use a weak fertilizer solution with the water every week. I would like to occasionally flush them at the sink with water directly from the tap, but I've always been afraid to use direct tap water (I let it stand in the watering can at least overnight). Now that I've read that some of you do use direct tap water, I think I'll give it a try once a month. I've been collecting orchids now for about 2 years and finally had my first re-blooms ever! Three phals all went into bloom at the same time. I feel like a little kid at Christmas - sooo exciting!! So, I just want to be sure not to screw it up.

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    Dear Fluffaduff, apropos of nothing...I just love your screen name!
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    Quote Originally Posted by remo View Post
    Dear Fluffaduff, apropos of nothing...I just love your screen name!
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    Thanks, Remo! It's my husband's nickname for me (long story).

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    I have mine on a deep humidity tray, and I water them down into that about once every other week. It has a spigot sort of thing to drain it if necessary. I mist them pretty heavily almost every day. But I grow mostly orchids that like to be a little dry (Catts, Dens, dry-running Oncidium alliance). And, truthfully, I think some of mine could use more water than they get. I avoid plants that need to be wetter because I doubt I could take care of them. I do bloom things, though!

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    Gee,
    I can't wait until I have 60 or 70 orchids! I have little over a dozen and they are all grown on the windowsill (east). I water every other day via mist bottle, feed weeakly with Schultz (they like that stuff!) (never on the leaves only the media) and have humidity trays under each (dry house). Inspection is a daily process.

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    That is an awesome system you have there! Makes me think I need to upgrade mine...hmmmm

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