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How long is too long for wet media

This is a discussion on How long is too long for wet media within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm wondering what do you mean when you say "not to stay wet for too ...

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    I'm wondering what do you mean when you say "not to stay wet for too long". Because my cattleya medium dryes out completley in 4-5 days, but till then it is not wet, but fairly moist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabi_borza View Post
    I'm wondering what do you mean when you say "not to stay wet for too long". Because my cattleya medium dryes out completley in 4-5 days, but till then it is not wet, but fairly moist.
    From my understanding that might be a little long to stay fairly moist for Catts. But if you are not having any problems then maybe that works for your conditions?

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    I have no problems so far. The plants are potted in bark, and doing great. I've posted some pics in another thread.

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    Here my catts stay "wet" (more like the media stays damp) for up to a week and a half, and no problems from that. I did find a rare native blue cap mushroom in one though, but no damage to the roots. I found after doing the run through method with the water, leaving them for a fortnight to dry wass good.

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    I can't believe they can be happy with the media staying damp that long! You are so lucky! Adverse conditions in the house one spring kept everything damp too long and my catts, along with the rest, were quickly rootless. I'm happy to say the plants recovered but they are now in large lava rock and need to be watered frequently. Maybe I just haven't found a happy 'medium'. : )
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