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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; Ok, so I have some plants that I would really like to soak . How ...

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    Default Yet another goofy question from me...

    Ok, so I have some plants that I would really like to soak. How do you soak a plant that is potted in a bark mix? It just will float out of the pot, won't it? Right now I just run a whole bunch of water through over and over again. But it seems so wasteful.
    I know this must be such a question, but I've often wondered, and feel comfy posting dumb questions to you guys!

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    Heather, why do you want to soak your plants? What kind of plants? Curious mind wanna know!

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    Well, gee, to give them a really good soak. So they stay wetter longer? Sometimes I feel as though they don't get a great watering, since I run water through them a lot, but how much does that really soak into the media? No? Thinking about this wrong, huh?

    Told ya it was a dumb question! lol, maybe not so necessary then after all?

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    Well, I do have one I soak, but it's in a clay pot. I just fill up the bowl until the water level is just below the rim. I would 'spect it could be done the same way with plastic... the medium could wisk the water up through the holes in the bottom of the pot. Might take longer....

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    I soak my dend, but it is in large coconut husk pieces. I just always read about people "soaking" their plants. I guess they weren't in bark! lol!

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    Or you could really drench from the top, wait 15 min, then drench again. Might have the same effect.

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    I never ever soak my plants and they are doing just fine. If they are multifloral Paphs, then they don't like to stay soggy and wet for long and they prefer to stay a little on the dryer but moist side.

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    Actually, I was more concerned about the catts.
    Believe it or not. I have a C. aurantiaca that had some shrivelling pseudobulbs, but then it put out two new growths, and I heard that was normal But, it is in a tiny pot, in full sun, so I wondered if it just wasn't getting enough h2o. The other one is the Maxi. tenuofolia that is in clay, but large bark pieces, so dries out fast and also has a couple slightly shrivelled pbulbs.

    Don't worry, I wouldn't soak my paphs and phrags, Pete!

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    Don't worry, I wouldn't soak my paphs and phrags, Pete!
    Thank goodness! For a minute I thought you wanted to drown them. Seriously, the multifloral Paphs wouldn't like it but the water loving Phrags would love it.

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    I water the phrags more than the paphs, don't you worry! Neither soaked though. Definitely no drowning going on.

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