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2nd time sheath dried out

This is a discussion on 2nd time sheath dried out within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Just a followup....when I finally unpotted this guy and took a look at the roots, ...

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    Cinderella is offline Senior Member
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    Just a followup....when I finally unpotted this guy and took a look at the roots, they looked like cr#$. There are hardly any healthy roots at all. Like, they say.....always check the roots first.

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    I used s/h briefly for a catt, and was so disgusted by the results that I vowed never to try it again.

    I am sure some people do well with s/h for certain catts. I am not one of those people.

    I imagine that s/h (with a reservoir) would work well for many catts during active growth, although some will still want to dry out between waterings (especially the species). I think that a constant source of moisture is a very dangerous thing for catts when they are not actively growing. Maybe the minicatts that don't really have pronounced rest periods will do fine, but if the plant has a real rest period, that source of moisture is a disaster waiting to happen.

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