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This is a discussion on Orchid Water Culture!!!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Would you look at that! I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen your ...

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    Would you look at that! I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen your photos. This is very fascinating, thanks for sharing!!

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    Your picture answers one question I had - your Phal is getting air to its roots above the water, which they do seem to need. Very interesting.

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    Hi Silver Scarab, you are an entrepreneur! I don't know what to say...LOL! Awesome?! I want to kill an orchid and try it know!Thanks for sharing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by giovannarosa View Post
    Most of them have only tried it for a few weeks or months.
    I am relatively new to the wonderful world of orchids (and extremely new to this forum!), but I have all my orchids in full water culture. They were mostly quite unhappy since I received them, and none have flowered for me yet, but since putting them into full water culture, they have all thrown out LOTS of new, healthy, happy roots and a couple have lovely new leaves starting.

    Here are a couple of [bad] photos of my 'chids for reference.

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    Phal example #01
    As you can see, she had a very damaged base and all her roots had rotted in the previous sphag moss culture. Since initially repotting (with new sphag moss, mind you, before any reading/learning) and then full water culture, her roots have grown significantly and her leaves have perked up lots!

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    Same Phal as above #01
    You can see the bare plant base where I had to cut away pretty much all her previous roots, and the remainder were damaged, then they turn into healthy looking roots with a nice little green tip there!

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    Phal example #02
    This one had a healthier root stock to begin with, as is probably evident, but since placing into full water culture, she is looking much happier.

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    Same Phal as above #02
    Notice the burnt leaf up top — she came like this, I imagine from direct sunlight?
    And check out that new leaf!

    A couple more photos to come in separate post...

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    Same Phal as above in last post #02
    These two shots show some of the new root growth since placing her into the water setup.

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    These two photos are of a very sad little dude that I am trying to revive in orchid hospital. He had been superglued (!!) to a piece of stone and smothered with dry sphag moss and more superglue. The white chalky looking stuff you see there is the remnant of the glue. He;s only been in there for a few days so far, but I've got my fingers crossed. Can post updates as time passes if people are interested?

    I wanted to ask you knowledgeable folk — can anybody ID this guy for me? I have deduced that he is an oncidium of some kind, but even then I'm not certain.

    Apologies for the essay that this post of mine has become — that was unintentional and unexpected! Hope it has been somewhat helpful.
    I hope to hear back from some of you on here, and look forward to becoming a part of this community.


    Happy growing!

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    The "oncidium" of some kind...too soon to tell, even in full grown plants is difficult, with a flower it helps, but sorry to break it to you. It does not look like it's going to make it. With no leaves..I don't know, call me pessimist. On the other hand your phal looks ok. If you want it to flower it need to eat. Fertilizer.

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    I saw previously in the thread some posts about removing all the roots of the plant before switching medium.. I don't see the logic in this. I do not remove a single root that is viable. Some roots go bad in water, especially if they had some small breaks from removing the bark or such, I just cut them off when it happens. I find most roots do well if they were already healthy and whole before being put in water culture. Just my 5 cents.

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    I would love to see the progress of the phals and the oncidium. It will be interesting to see what they'd can do In a month or two. Please share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulp View Post
    I saw previously in the thread some posts about removing all the roots of the plant before switching medium.. I don't see the logic in this. I do not remove a single root that is viable. Some roots go bad in water, especially if they had some small breaks from removing the bark or such, I just cut them off when it happens. I find most roots do well if they were already healthy and whole before being put in water culture. Just my 5 cents.
    As a root grows, it optimizes itself on a cellular level for that environment, then cannot further change. Any time you change the root zone environment, the existing roots will be suddenly sub-optimal, and will fail. How rapidly that happens depend a great deal on the dissimilarities between the old and new environments.

    Removing a healthy root is ridiculous. While it may not be optimal for the new conditions, it will still offer some support to the plant as it fails, hopefully giving that plant time to grow new roots that ARE optimized for the new environment. That, by the way, is why the best time to repot is just as new roots are emerging from the base of the plant.

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    I'm glad that I ran into this because I've been doing some experimentation with the same thing for a while now and it does work.

    First I did a Dendrobium, then a Cattleya but haven't tried it with Phals. The trick is to keep the water as clean as possible and do not let the gunk accumulate around the root area, which then inhibits the growth of anearobic bacteria.

    I've taken three Dendrobium keikis and planted one in straight coarse perlite, in plain water and in a mixture of soil and perlite. Two have done quite well while the one in straight perlite developed a silver type coating on the leaves in recent weeks, but I don't think that had anything to do with the perlite.

    I'm with Ray regarding healthy roots. I can't see for the life of me why someone would cut off healthy roots EVEN if you're switching growing mediums. Ask anyone who has ever lost all the roots on their orchids about their chance of success. The odds are certainly not in your favor.

    Here's another suggestion that boggles my mind. There's an internet site where they advocate the use of ICE CUBES for watering your Phals. SERIOUSLY? A little shock treatment anyone?

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