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    Hi Everyone,

    Through my reading I've come to find that some people like to take orchids mix up fertalizer with maybe super thrive or dynagrow KLN as a boost and soak their orchids in it every so often.

    Ok so here are my questions:

    1 do you soak?
    2 if so in what solution?
    3 How do you get all those roots on vandas to behave and take their bath?
    4 How long do you soak them for?
    5 Is the solution supposed to cover the whole pot or just the majority of it?
    6 How often should this be done?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me!

    Wolf

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    Interesting question! I do soak my babies about once a year, but I soak in a bucket of clean, RO water or distilled water. I like to do a thorough cleaning out of the salts built up. I leave each one in for about 30 minutes. I use a fresh bucket of water for each plant. (I borrow containers from friends so I can do multiple plants at a time) I put them in just deep enough to cover the pot, and tuck in wild roots if I can without damage. About every 8 to 10 watering I use plan water to help keep buildup down. I also clean my orchid's leaves 3 or 4 times a year, with a mild Physan solution and a very soft toothbrush. Clean off the dust, water spots, old papery sheath coverings, etc. (both sides of the leaves) And that gives me a good opportunity to look thoroughly at each plant for any signs of problems.

    I have never thought about soaking in a fertilizer solution. I'll be very interested to hear what others have to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfinKW
    Hi Everyone,

    Through my reading I've come to find that some people like to take orchids mix up fertalizer with maybe super thrive or dynagrow KLN as a boost and soak their orchids in it every so often.

    Ok so here are my questions:

    1 do you soak?
    2 if so in what solution?
    3 How do you get all those roots on vandas to behave and take their bath?
    4 How long do you soak them for?
    5 Is the solution supposed to cover the whole pot or just the majority of it?
    6 How often should this be done?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me!

    Wolf
    1 & 2. Yes, I do soak. For my regular fertilizings, I often soak. Soaking gives the roots more time to absorb the fertilizer, and plus, I can avoid the problem of the solution running through the mix without wetting anything. What I do is to use clean water with the fert added, put it into a bucket, and dunk the plant in it. I keep it for about 10-15 minutes, then take the plant out. Of course, to avoid transmitting diseases I either scrub up buckets really good with bleach/soap or use different buckets. (Soaking takes a very long time with many plants, but I try to bear with it.)
    3. My vanda isn't big (I can't see how to do this with those gigantic vandas with long tangled roots) so I fill up a bucket that accomodates the root ball size and dunk the plant inside. Sometimes a root or two would grow in odd directions, as if trying to avoid the bath, so I try to splash water onto them to wet them.
    4. Fertilizing: 10-15 minutes, depending on the plant
    Regular waterings (only sometimes): 20 min, 30 if really dry
    5.I let the solution cover all the way up to the surface of the mix, trying to wet as little of the pbulbs and growths as possible. I've had growths rot because the water level was too high so be careful.
    6. When fertilizing...or if a plant is somehow underwatered, then soak for regular waterings. For my vanda, I give it something everyday. Usually a soak twice a week and the rest of the days it receives misting or regular watering.
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    The only ones I have ever soaked were vandas....once their roots are wet, they get pretty bendable....only fertililzer in the water..now they are in sphagnum moss, so we don't do that anymore.

    Also, I have soaked things in bark if we are going away for a few days...or set them on a tray of lava rock with water in it...this works especailly well if your orchids are in clay pots...

    I have heard super thrive can give distorted flowers if used too much ???

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    Thanks Lilly, Diane and Gilda for the information... Can't wait to hear everyone else regimen is and then figure out my own with that. It'll be so much easier to give everyone a dip in a pool.

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    Don,t soak any really as most of mine are in s/h.
    I do drown my Vanda a couple of times a week(it,s in a slat basket with sphag).
    I do have 1" deep saucers under my plants in bark mixes , when i water/fert i make sure that the saucer overflows & then leave it for 1/4 of anhjour or so before i empty the saucer.

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    I don't soak my plants...they get pleanty of water and fertilizer in the greenhouse or outside.

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