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Yet another goofy question from me...

This is a discussion on Yet another goofy question from me... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I tend to only soak newly potted plants since they tend to dry up so ...

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    I tend to only soak newly potted plants since they tend to dry up so fast. When I do soak them, I use my 6 C measuring cup , fill it as high as the pot and let it soak. It is as simple as that.

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    I soak all my plants during watering, and only during that time. I use plastic bins that I fill up with my preferred solution (usually water since I'm lazy), and dunk the pot in it slowly. To prevent excessive floatation, I'd water from the top before sinking the pot slowly into the bin. I use PrimeAgra now, which doesn't float up all that much. I still water from the top as I think it helps bring fresh air into the pot.

    Water & fertilizer are too annoying and expensive, respectively, for me to use only once. After a certain number of plants, the washed out "schmutz" and charcoal dust or whatever build up and I toss the water and fill a fresh bin.

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    Water & fertilizer are too annoying and expensive, respectively, for me to use only once. After a certain number of plants, the washed out "schmutz" and charcoal dust or whatever build up and I toss the water and fill a fresh bin.
    i know it might be sacrilegious to mention, uh, ya know, other houseplants in this orchid forum, but what about watering other plants with the schmutzy water? im in montana, and were in what seems to be a neverending drought, so i always try to conserve as much water as i can (if its yellow, let it mellow...if its brown, flush it down kind of thing).

    who knows, though ... you guys might have ditched all of your other plants for orchids (lord knows ive thought about it ). the only thing is i haaaate killing anything -- from bugs to plants -- so my pre-orchid obsession friends are staying!!

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    Definitely not sacriligious! It would make sense for us to have other plants, for sure! However, I really don't have any other housplants! lol. I have two teeny african violets and that is it. I do have a bunch of stuff outside though, including heirloom cherry tomatoes and a lot of herbs, so I could use the water for that. But, I don't think I will, cause I am to lazy to collect it! ha ha ! Good idea though!

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    As Homer Simpson said, "Mmmm...sacrilicious." I don't have too many other plants (currently a solitary saguaro purchased in commemoration of the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the evil empire in 2001), but I water them with the old fertilizer "discards" left over from watering the orchids. As far as I'm concerned, it's still fertilizer, with maybe a little organic material in it...

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    While we're talking about discarded orchid water....

    For you guys that have sizeable collections, when you go to repot? If you're into vegetable gardening or any other kinds of plants at all, use your old media and mix it into the soil. For gardens and any kind of tropical houseplants, decaying orchid media with all of that leftover fertilizer mixed in makes them go bonkers.

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    Cool, that's a great suggestion. I'd mix it in w/ my tomatoes, except I just threw a bunch out! Oh well. I 'll have a teensy bit tonight.

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