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Semi -Hydro Pot Growing

This is a discussion on Semi -Hydro Pot Growing within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; everyone knows peat moss is the preferred media for mass-market "pot" plants....

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    everyone knows peat moss is the preferred media for mass-market "pot" plants.

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    I've been growing for about 2 months in s/h. I use the 6 inch tall plastic containers, holes a bit over an inch from the bottoms, using LECA clay. I have a few phrags, an enc, an epi, a phal, a cochleanthes, and a miltoniopsis. So far, all is well. I notice that my pots inside tend to need watering every 2 to 3 days, outside they can got a bit longer. Nonetheless, I tend to water my outside s/h every 2 days for the phrags, and every 3 for the others, just to keep the water fresh. Fertilizer weakly one a week or so. Really, nothing more than that. The two phrags do seem to have taken off the most quickly, though the other are holding their own so only time will tell.

    Oh, and I am starting to get some algae, and worse, noticed some mold or something growing a few weeks ago - now I'm more persistent with using Physan every once in a while as a preventative for at least the moldy stuff.

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    Hi, I have been using this method for several years. Not everything grows well using this method. It is the best method for me. I sometimes can't get to my plants for a week or so. I have lost only a few plants using this method. I get the pots and prime agra from First Ray Orchids. They have a visual presentation of using this method or at least they used to. Algea that forms in the pots is not harmful. I use some Physon and bleach to keep the water in the trays clear. I let the pots go almost dry ( this depends on what exactly you are growing). Paphs don't like being too dry. On the other hand my mini catts do. You have to know you plants likes and dislikes and water or fertilize according to their needs.
    I have grown Catts, masdevallias, miltoniopsis, encyclias, oncidiums, paphs, phals, and a pharg this way. First Rays doesn't advise trying tolumnias using this method. Give this method a little time and hopefully it will work just fine. Good Growing, Ed

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    Heather, the diatomite is used to supplement calcium / raise pH. From what I've read, the folks who are using it love it.

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    Lol, Louis! That was the other thread on the mixes...but I found it anyway! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    So what is the deal with diatomite? Can anyone explain the preferred use of this for some paph/phrag growers? Thanks!
    I was answering that, in the thread here...

    Just saw the other post on mixes...

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    Oh! Whoops!!! Well, thanks very much then!!!

    LOL!

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    LOL!!!

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