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Watering Paphs

This is a discussion on Watering Paphs within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Heather, don't you ever get algae in the clear pots? Maybe that is just from ...

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    Heather, don't you ever get algae in the clear pots? Maybe that is just from s/h??

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    Not yet, since I've recently been moving over towards them. I don't know why I'd get more algae in clear plastic, than say, green or brown plastic pots. I imagine there would really be no difference.

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    you would get algae from light passing through the clear pots. dark/non-translucent pots dont let light through, so algae cant grow.

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    That would be right, except that I expect the pots Heather is using aren't actually clear, as in transparent, but translucent, which would retard the growth of algae. Right, Heather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerides
    That would be right, except that I expect the pots Heather is using aren't actually clear, as in transparent, but translucent, which would retard the growth of algae. Right, Heather?
    Right John!

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    I've used translucent pots before. You tend to get some algae over time if you have them in a bright spot. Now I'm using clear pots. You get *a lot* of algae if you have them in a bright spot.

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    Have I posted on this yet?

    I water with a hose in my GH. Plants stay wet almost all the time. I repot my paphs a few times a year. Always have. This ensures my medium does not break down too much and keep the roots soggy.

    I know local hobbiests that repot as many as 4 times a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persistence
    I water with a hose in my GH. Plants stay wet almost all the time. I repot my paphs a few times a year. Always have. This ensures my medium does not break down too much and keep the roots soggy.
    How often? What you didn't think someone would ask that?

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    Well, I water everyday to every other day. I repot the smaller plants more often than the larger ones. I would say I repot once in the fall and once in the spring on avg. I do keep a look out for new growth and once a new growth gets about 1in tall then I repot the plant lower in the Medium no matter what time of year it is.

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    Cool, Mike!

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