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Hydroton Question

This is a discussion on Hydroton Question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; WOW! Thanks soooooooooooooo much, Maria! We have had a busy few months here in Texas, ...

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    WOW! Thanks soooooooooooooo much, Maria! We have had a busy few months here in Texas, but I will be trying it as soon as I start to re-pot. I really appreciate your input...Will let you know "how" it goes...Betty :-)

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    P.S. Maria, can you send me a web site for it? PM me,please. (Private Message) Thanks...Betty

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    Sure thing Betty. I pm'd you.

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    Maria, how are you keeping your media moist in clay? Do you use some sort of reservoir or do you water often?
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    Don, the one Catt that I have growing in clay pellets gets watered twice a week and is doing really well. I have had it for 1 1/2 years and it is thriving. It is a large plant and twice a week watering is all it seems to need. It has bloomed 4 times since I aquired it .'

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    But Bill, is it sitting in water or does it get all of it from the damp pellets? I keep mine in a shallow reservoir of water.

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    Maria, how are you keeping your media moist in clay? Do you use some sort of reservoir or do you water often?
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    Hi there, Don. I do not keep a reservoir of water. I'm not doing semi-hydroponics.

    The time of the year and weather determines how often I water.

    During the "winter" or coldest parts of the year down here in Miami (it can get sometimes as low as 20's or 30's) I actually do not water very often. Maybe once a week at noon or twice a week.

    During the spring (right about now) I water approximately 3 times during the week, and fertilize on Sundays.

    During the summer when it's hot, I water every day or every other day.

    With hydroton, you REALLY have to soak the pot. I mean, REALLY REALLY SOAK. I tie all my plants with that soft stretchy green tie until they've stuck themselves to the pot, so I really pour on the water until I get a brief period of the hydroton rising up, then I let the water drain. I repeat this twice or three times. Then, I don't touch the plant until the pot is completely dry (When I'm watering everyone again).

    The pellets in the middle of the pot actually do retain some moisture.

    During the rainy season (September-October), I don't water at all. I actually take the plants inside to give them a hard dry--I don't water for 1-2 weeks. Then I put them out again. This prevents all the nasties.

    The smaller pots dry out quicker, so I check those to make sure the plant is well-hydrated. I actually often see that sap the orchid gets when it's watered sufficiently.

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    Mine does not sit in water. I treat the pellets as I do bark. I water as needed and let drain. I never let it sit in water. I do not grow anything in hydroponics. Give it a try it really has worked well with this catt. That is why the rest of mine are going to be potted in the pellets as they need repotted.

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    Very interesting. I think I am going to have to try this. I am having good luck with the S/H but always looking for other options. I have about 2 dozen young catts. in need of a repot, will try a number of them this way. Thanks guys. Love new ideas.

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