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    Sounds good!!

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    I have not tried ice cubes with phals but have done so with dendrobium crumenatum, the common pigeon orchid, which requires a considerable drop in temperature to bloom. It worked, buds were stimulated to grow and I was rewarded with 30 flowers.. I wasn't worried about possible cold damage to the roots as this species is weedy. May not be advisable to try on more costly plants..

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    Thanks!! What I'm planning to try this on are kingianums--4 different kinds. I'm thinking of starting in November and continuing in December and January. They're potted in semi-hydro pots and in a tray, so I'm going to put the ice cubes in the tray around them. If they start to look really unhappy, I'll stop.

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    It might just work, as kingianums and other dends from Australia experience hot dry summers and cool wet winters, as opposed to warm moist summers and cool dry winters in the Northern hemisphere. I think you have to prolong cooling for at least a couple of months to get blooms, though...

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    Can't say we've had a dry summer this year...but it was nice and warm.

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    I agree with the use of Ice cubes leading to plant death in the wrong type of plant!.i Some folks think iced water is better and seems to have benefits . If this is so let the ice cubes melt and use the water and the amount of the melted icecubes to judge who the amount to water the plants. I went to the site and joined to see what this was all about . Frankly I think it is a way to water the plant and get some of the siters to replace their plants once spent.

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    I suggest not to Phasl because they are warm growing orchid this may lead to shock and frostbite to the roots.

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