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greenhouse watering advice, please

This is a discussion on greenhouse watering advice, please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, The few years that I have had my greenhouse, I have watered using ...

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    Hi everyone,
    The few years that I have had my greenhouse, I have watered using distilled water gallon jugs (We use the distilled water for my husband's cpap). They stay lined up empty on the floor in front of each bench all of the time until watering day rolls around. When it does, I fill each with water and if that particular week my orchids are to be fertilized, I simply measure and add the fertilizer to each jug, otherwise water with plain water-one week each month, by the way.

    I know many of you use an RO system, which I think is very good, but I'm not ready to choose that route quite yet....maybe someday. I only want to step up about one step from the jugs at this time.

    My thoughts are using two large 35 or 50 gallon jugs with fertilizer mixed in one, plain water in the other with one spigot on each. If this is feasible and has been a successful watering tool, I seriously doubt that I am the first one who thought of this.

    My question is: do any of you water in this way, and if so, I would appreciate your advice....pros and cons, please. I would appreciate other thoughts and/or advice, as well.
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    I have two watering methods when my plants are inside the greenhouse, one is with a hose that is attached to a well. That water is stinky sulpher springs water. I also use an old two quart tea jug that I use when I'm mixing the fertilizers for the sprayer, or just to pour directly onto plants in pots. When I use the tea jug, a large plastic cup helps me make sure I only put so much on each plant. I don't drench them when they are indoors the way I do when they are outside in the wind. When possible I just use a hose with a spray setting that mimics a gentle rain. But here is the thing; watering is a rather personal thing. If you like your method and your plants like it...why change it if it ain't broken? lol Potting, potting materials, your watering schedule...all are dictated by your location and your plants.

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    Are you expecting to use gravity to feed the flow? If so, you're going to need to elevate those barrels pretty significantly, which renders them hard to access for refilling and fertilizer mixing.

    I suggest you invest in a really good submersible pump - one that had a male hose connector outlet. I used to deliver my irrigation water that way, using ONE OF THESE from W W Grainger. I've had it for almost 20 years and it still works great.

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    Hi Connie,
    I'm beginning to get my new setup in order. I bought two 35 gal. tanks and plan to use spigots on each. If everything goes as planned, they will sit side by side in the back of my greenhouse. I plan for one to hold plain water (from a garden hose that I will use to fill the tanks manually) and I plan for the other to hold fertilizer, kelp and water. If all goes as planned, I will fill ONE :>) gal. jug from a tank and pour water in the bowls that I use to soak my orchids in. Hopefully, I can toss the many gallon distilled water jugs soon, except one.

    Your methods sound good and they obviously work for you and your orchids. Great. That's what it's all about - tailoring our watering and maintenance for us and our growing conditions in turn making our orchids happy. I totally agree that our location, potting, potting materials etc. are needless to say very important. So, you and I are on the same page.

    As for "why change it if it ain't broken". I totally agee. Nothing was actually "broken"...I'm just trying to take a bit of work off myself as I water. If my orchids don't like it, I'll change my setup. They're the boss, you know. lol

    Thanks for your reply and help,
    Vicki




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    I have two watering methods when my plants are inside the greenhouse, one is with a hose that is attached to a well. That water is stinky sulpher springs water. I also use an old two quart tea jug that I use when I'm mixing the fertilizers for the sprayer, or just to pour directly onto plants in pots. When I use the tea jug, a large plastic cup helps me make sure I only put so much on each plant. I don't drench them when they are indoors the way I do when they are outside in the wind. When possible I just use a hose with a spray setting that mimics a gentle rain. But here is the thing; watering is a rather personal thing. If you like your method and your plants like it...why change it if it ain't broken? lol Potting, potting materials, your watering schedule...all are dictated by your location and your plants.

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    You're always very helpful, Ray. Thanks for your reply and the info.
    Vicki

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