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Water on orchid leaves question

This is a discussion on Water on orchid leaves question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I heard I'm not supposed to get leaves and especially center of orchid wet and ...

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    Default Water on orchid leaves question

    I heard I'm not supposed to get leaves and especially center of orchid wet and I've been carefully making sure not a drop gets on the leaves when I water. My orchids look great, but I was wondering if this is correct?

    Also one phal has some thick roots hanging over edge of pot. Is this a sign of health or cry for repotting? Medium (fir bark) not that broken down yet.

    Thanks for any hints

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    This is true for the most part. With phals you don't want water to sit in the center or crown of the plant. This can lead to problems with rot. There have been times where I have needed to water quickly in the summer and I haven't worried too much because I knew the excess water would evaporate quickly under the fans in the higher temperatures, but I did pick each plant up afterward and lean it over to let the excess run out instead of sitting there like a mini swimming pool. That said, lately I have been super careful to not get ANY water on the leaves because I am on the tail-end of a small brown scale outbreak on two newer phals and splashing water is one of the main ways the scale spreads when the "crawlers" are on the move.

    As far as the roots, they tend to ramble even when the plant is very happy. I have some that like to put out rambling aerial roots no matter what. Orchids are after all epiphytes. Are the roots coming out of the pot actively growing? Or are the old and shriveled up? If they are old and shriveled, you may want to repot the plant to see what condition the inside roots are in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeOrchids View Post
    This is true for the most part. With phals you don't want water to sit in the center or crown of the plant. This can lead to problems with rot. There have been times where I have needed to water quickly in the summer and I haven't worried too much because I knew the excess water would evaporate quickly under the fans in the higher temperatures, but I did pick each plant up afterward and lean it over to let the excess run out instead of sitting there like a mini swimming pool. That said, lately I have been super careful to not get ANY water on the leaves because I am on the tail-end of a small brown scale outbreak on two newer phals and splashing water is one of the main ways the scale spreads when the "crawlers" are on the move.

    As far as the roots, they tend to ramble even when the plant is very happy. I have some that like to put out rambling aerial roots no matter what. Orchids are after all epiphytes. Are the roots coming out of the pot actively growing? Or are the old and shriveled up? If they are old and shriveled, you may want to repot the plant to see what condition the inside roots are in.
    Well said, Leslie.

    cheers,
    BD

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    I agree with everything Leslie has said. In nature phals grow with their leaves hanging down so no water accumulates in the crown. Good air movement around the plants will help prevent fungus problems. It's best to water early in the morning so the plants are completely dry by nightfall. Once a month I add 1 teaspoon of Physan 20 to each gallon of water that I use to water the plants. It's a very mild fungicide/bacteriacide that will help control fugus on the plant.

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    Smile Thanks Everyone

    The roots coming out of the plant look pretty good and are rambling about. I repotted the plant only last year.

    Thanks everyone for the great tips. Much appreciated!

    Dagny

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