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Watering a mount when in spike/bloom

This is a discussion on Watering a mount when in spike/bloom within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; If you usually water your mounts by soaking them should you continue that if they ...

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    If you usually water your mounts by soaking them should you continue that if they are in spike or bloom? Or do you switch to misting in case soaking could ruin the blooms?

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    Depends on the mount and the awkwardness of trying to soak it. If the plant has pendant flower spikes that would likely get broken off by putting them in the container for a soak or if the flowers would likely get damaged by same, then just mist/hose them down. A number of my mounted true minis -- which are situated in a terrarium -- never get soaked by dunking as it is. Instead I spray them down using one of those gallon hand pumped sprayers commonly sold in BBSs for spraying pesticides or herbicides.

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    How do you keep your orchids in your terrarium? Pots and mounts that are easily removable or are they attached and growing to things if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Depends on the mount and the awkwardness of trying to soak it. If the plant has pendant flower spikes that would likely get broken off by putting them in the container for a soak or if the flowers would likely get damaged by same, then just mist/hose them down. A number of my mounted true minis -- which are situated in a terrarium -- never get soaked by dunking as it is. Instead I spray them down using one of those gallon hand pumped sprayers commonly sold in BBSs for spraying pesticides or herbicides.
    Yes “pavel” you’re right. I totally agree with him. It all depends on the mount and the awkwardness of trying to soak it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicki View Post
    How do you keep your orchids in your terrarium? Pots and mounts that are easily removable or are they attached and growing to things if that makes sense.
    Most are on mounts that are easily removable should I choose to do so. A few are planted directly in the terr. Had a couple that were attached to wood pieces, but they died off and have yet to be replaced.

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    Thanks for the help.
    I would like to try a terrarium some day but they seem like they take more work and more trial and error. I'm STILL tweaking the care for indoor growing in general.

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    Most orchids flower in a dry spell ; flowers that open in the rain get spoilt ; most flowers are pollinated by insects , insects fly in the sun, rest-up in the rain. So, ergo, as the Ancient Greeks used to say, it ain't natural to water a plant in flower. After the flowers are over, the pods will swell ( if pollinated) and the plant need water for that. So Plants time their flowers to finish when it starts to rain - this is in places with distinct dry/wet seasons - different in places where this is not so. But Likelihood is that the plant will respond to water by "thinking" -'hey, its the wet season come early, lets get on with growing and forget flowering for this year...
    To summarise with-hold water when the flowers start to open.
    Conversely , if the flowers have only just started to open, and you want to accelerate this for the benefit of being able to show the plant this week-end, then try a light misting as a hint.

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    I appreciate with reply given by “Dorsetman”. It’s an informative reply for us.

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    Geoff, nicely written

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