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Neofinetia Watering

This is a discussion on Neofinetia Watering within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I grow them on mount , potted in moss or other potting mix like bark ...

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    I grow them on mount , potted in moss or other potting mix like bark or CHC for years and I still can't tell which method( growing medium) is better... Water the plant when it is dry, good air movement, a winter rest(drier) is beneficial.

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    What is the name of your Neofinetia? You must be doing something right, as the picture shows your plant is in bud. You can pot Neofinetias like any other orchid. But the reason why you see them in high mounds of sphagnum moss is that is the traditional Japanese way of growing them. As mentioned earlier, if your plant is in moss, water it when the moss is dry feeling or "crispy". I water my plants in the sink. I do not mist these plants, especially when they are in bud, as this seems to cause bud blast.

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    i do usually see people recommend moss for them. but mounded above the pot's top. it is the traditional way, and they have been growing them for centuries, so it must be good... but i also see special pots for them that have lots of air holes, so i don't think the moss stays too wet, like saturated, probably more like a wrung out sponge. i also see notes about watering every single day, so i wonder how much water they need? my half-breeds are doing well in a mixture, and it is dry here.

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    Neofinetia Falcata are unique in how they are potted. They ae in the Vanda family and have similar requirements as all the other members--plant needs lots of fresh air, good humidity, bright in-direct light, and good clean water. As we have discussed earlier, Neos need to be watered and then allowed to dry out to just barely dry. These are its basic requirements.

    Beyond that, Neofinetia collectors, me included, strive to enhance the plant by growing the plant in high mounds of sphagnum moss. A step further is the pot itself. Neofinetia pots are works of art in some cases, more expensive than the plant itself. In Japan, there are master potters who make special pots o fit the plant it will hold. Most of the time, the plants grow in pots that allow fast dry and air circulation into the root ball.

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    I have repotted 2 neofinetia in sphagnum this year and although they appear healthy they have not bloomed. One in a greenhouse getting some sun and the other under artificial lights. What could be the cause of their not blooming?

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    Well, I'm no expert, but I like to dip the plant just up to the base of the leaves. The leaves are so close together that I try to avoid getting any water between them since it would take a while to evaporate.

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    There are some Neofinetia that bloom at this time of year. Depending on your cultivar, you might still have flowers yet this year. However a vast majority of Neofinetia will start blooming in early Spring through early Summer.

    Winter will soon be here. As it gets colder and the darkness is longer, I allow my Neofinetia to become completely dry. When I do water, it is only to dampen the moss to keep humidity higher. Neofinetia have strong roots but they will die off if the roots are too wet, too long, too cold, and in the dark too long.

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    Neo bromeliads are alot like orchids in caring for. They don't mind being let allowed to dry between watering. When watering I recommend moistening the soil thoroughly and then let dry and so forth and so on.

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    I have several of the Barcelona (Tri-Color) and Fireball Neos in my garden outside. They are surprisingly resilient.

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