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What is your luck with S/H?

This is a discussion on What is your luck with S/H? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have tried s/h (prime agra with a small amount of charcoal) for paphs, phrags, ...

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    I have tried s/h (prime agra with a small amount of charcoal) for paphs, phrags, phals, and a stray catt.

    The phrags love the stuff. I wouldn't put caudatum/wallisii etc in it but the hybrids go nuts in it, as long as you keep the water level up. Paphs are ok overall, some do well, a few do horribly. Brachys seem to hate it (for me). Phals seem to do very well for me. The catt or two I put in there did miserably. I suppose it would be fine for the growing season but if a plant has a rest period the reservoir is a real problem.

    I also find that the quickest way to kill an ailing plant is to put it into s/h.
    Some people swear s/h will revive plants. Maybe in a greenhouse but on my windowsill, it is the kiss of death for poorly-rooted plants.

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    There is jsut one thing you have to worry about. I know a grower here in my area that has been growing i the stuff for a few years and is now switching tother things. The problem with SH is that the plants to great for the first few years, but since you never have to disturb the roots the plants will eventualy choke off its oxygen supply to its roots. She has told me that her plants were doing fine then all of a sudden some of them started going down hill fast. They had choked themselves off. She has accualy started planting pahls in cypres mulch and says they love it. I haven't tried it yet, and I do have some things in SH. Just be aware that they can choke themselves off.

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