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Jousting roots

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    In order to check the moisture of all my plants I use the widely recommended method of sticking in a skewer and checking how wet it is when it's pulled out. It works perfectly, however, I do wonder about the following. How often do I joust one of the roots that I don't see when I'm trying to manouver around a piece of bark or a S/H pebble?? I really worry about doing that and giving the plant an infection of some sort? Is this really an issue or do I not joust any roots (usually)??

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    Try the weight method. Feel the dry weight of your orchid. Then water and feel the wet weight. Note the difference. Use the skewer to ease yourself into the weight method and soon you will not need the stick any longer. You will be able to water by the weight of the pot.

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    I guess it's time for a digital scale of some kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    I guess it's time for a digital scale of some kind.
    LOL
    I'm with you! That worked for me when I had 2 orchids.. After that my memory started getting sort of murky...

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    Don't stress to much about it. You'll eventually know when your plants need water just by looking at them. The best way I've found is that if the visible roots on top of the media are bright white, the pot is probably dry.


    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    I guess it's time for a digital scale of some kind.

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    I used the bamboo stick trick too -- I was worried about stabbing roots, so I just left the little stick down in the pots. Then I could pull them out, check dampness and then just slide them back in. I figured that would reduce the number of roots I stabbed in any case. Eventually though, I just sorta started to "know" when they were thirsty.

    Of course, now I have to learn that all over again because greenhouse conditions are entirely different than my windowsill and watering with the hose makes it all to easy to over water.

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    All I can see is that my plants are dehydrated; their leaves are a bit wonky. I don't want to overwater them to nurse them back to health so I have to be really careful here. I'll try leaving the skewer in the pot Sadie; sounds like a good plan.

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    Good luck.

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