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Help on keeping mounted orchids moist when away.

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    All my orchids are mounted except 2 cymbidiums. Some with moss some mounted bare. All i have done is dunk and soak b4 leaving and a week away has never caused any issues at all infact maybe have done some good to trigger new roots as it responds to dry period. No fans on though, also indoors and ambient temp with little fluctuations below 18oc or above 24oc. If anything i would be prepared to return home to that little (&^$£ snail that i never thought i had. If 2 weeks then i would hire an orchid/ pet sitter. As said, ultilize shade as sun increases dry out of media and plants lose water quicker thru trans/evaporation. Hope that helps in reaching a sensible solution/ decision.

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    Thanks Matt, I have about 10 mounted plants mostly miniatures, I grow under lights during the winter so I guess I'll turn them off, I
    will only be gone for about (7) days.

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    Your welcome. Just my opinion based on my trials and errors, if your miniatures are still mostly phals/ little dorits then a cooler shaded week out of sight will def. do no harm. If the velamen (tissue coating the roots) - light green just as you depart thats plentlyful hydration, will revert back to silver grey half way thru and be ready for another drink on your return and they will use little if none of the storage reserves of water nutrients in their leaves. Many times over ive noticed leaves bulbs and canes wrinkle and bloat back out again when watered with exception to old leaves or back bulbs which eventually wither away anyway.

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    When I went away for a week at Christmas, I did a few little things for my orchids. The mounted ones I was concerned about I just put in a clay pot with some moist sphag packed around the roots. Any variation on this will work, just add moist sphag around the roots and either pack it in a pot or wrap it in plastic wrap. Of course some orchids will need to dry out sooner than a week, in which case you can add moist sphag and wrap it with string. That will buy you several days, but still be dry before you get back, unless it's dark and cool in your house. Hope this helps!

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