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Growing Orchids in Pure Water

This is a discussion on Growing Orchids in Pure Water within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Happy New Year! The first picture is a very young orchid that was placed in ...

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    Default Growing Orchids in Pure Water

    Happy New Year!
    The first picture is a very young orchid that was placed in pure water solely; and after one month, is blooming.
    It came from the parent plant (picture 2), which is in soil but notice, not blooming.
    Our experience is that Orchids thrive in water, bloom and flourish.
    Of course, everyone has to follow their own inner voice and take the lead of what one feels is best. On the same field or plot of land, one found mud, another gold.
    Thus, on this end, wanted to share that water has been a perfect medium. Nothing else is added/used save the water which is quite pure in this area of Wyoming. Fresh water is added as needed to maintain water level.
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    What an interesting comparison. Welcome to the forum, MMM. You have a lovely jewel orchid and it is really cool to see it growing and blooming in pure water. Do you fertilize it also?


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    Welcome to the forum MMM. Interesting concept. I have a jewel orchid I have been trying to grow without much success. Think I'll give your method a try. Would rain water be best?

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    As long as the water can sustain sufficient oxygen/CO2 exchange to supply the needs of the roots, certain orchid genera should be able to grow in pure water (Cattleyas, Epidendrums, Phragmepediums, and in your example, Ludisias, etc).

    The challenge for some growers is that water is more difficult to manage in terms of temperatures. Dry potting mix in cold weather is ok. Water medium in cold weather will freeze - therefore killing the roots and the plant.
    As long as the water is maintained at the ideal growing temperatures, and has the proper ratio of depth versus surface area, it will be able to sustain the plant's need for both water and air.

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