Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Tips for Beginners with Watering?

This is a discussion on Tips for Beginners with Watering? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was hoping we could provide whatever advice and tips/tricks some more experienced growers could ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    donsjuand is offline Junior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    21

    Thumbs up Tips for Beginners with Watering?

    I was hoping we could provide whatever advice and tips/tricks some more experienced growers could provide to orchid newbies with Phalaenopsis.

    Post whatever you find helped you get the right watering regime.

  2. #2
    cindiras's Avatar
    cindiras is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Cindi
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Catts
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    1,766
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    first tip: When you water, use a LOT of water, but don't water very often!

  3. #3
    donsjuand is offline Junior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    21

    Default

    Good advice Cinderas, keep them coming guys!

  4. #4
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    33,846
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Have you read the articles about Phalaenopsis orchids in the Orchid Article Library here in the forum? Some very good advice there on watering and the amount. Here is an excerpt from my article on growing the phal orchid:

    .....A note about watering your orchid: Depending on the potting media your orchid is living in, the pot size, the amount of humidity you are able to supply, heck, even the time of the year, your watering routine will change. Without a doubt, over watering or lack of water kills more orchids grown in the home than just about anything else. So, how do phals like to be watered? Like all epiphytic orchids, phalaenopsis orchids like to have their roots soaked and then dry off before the day is over. Orchids growing in their native locations often get rain every day, but then the sun and wind dry the roots off almost immediately allowing for lots of humidity and great growing environments. In our homes, things work differently. Here is a suggested way to water: First, soak the entire media with fresh, clean water by running water through the pot for several minutes. This removes bad salts that fertilizers cause and also allows your orchids roots to 'open' and accept the moisture. Next, place the pot so that it can drain completely and easily. Never put the pot on a dish that will allow water to stand in the base of the pot. Just leave the pot in your sink or dish drainer for around 30 - 40 minutes while you are doing something else. Then return your orchid to its proper location on the humidity tray.

    How often should I water my Phalaenopsis Orchid? Here is how to tell. Because of the factors mentioned above, watering ...READ MORE
    Check out the other articles in the orchid article library and also the posts in the forum via a tag search for Water this will return 40+ posts on a range of water/ orchid related questions.

    Good luck to you.

    Cheers,
    BD

  5. #5
    donsjuand is offline Junior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    21

    Default

    Yeah, that's good stuff BD. I welcome any kind of sound advice/tips/tricks! It's nice to hear what different people find works for them.

  6. #6
    Germinatorman's Avatar
    Germinatorman is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Don Keim
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    South Bend, Indiana
    Posts
    658
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    My bit of advice is to learn what works for you - you can read and read but you must pay attention to your particular environment. There are many guidelines to follow, but do so loosely, be attentive - watch your plants and you will discover that you have developed the regime that works for you. BDs comments are great.

  7. #7
    Alcymus is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    8

    Default

    It surely is great to know that on this forum people could provide info and experiences on how to properly water orchids..im new at this so please bear with me if Im going to be asking a lot of questions...What exactly is the correct watering procedure for orchids??

Similar Threads

  1. Shading tips?
    By sand_tiger86 in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: July 8th, 2008, 03:17 PM
  2. Brown Leaf Tips
    By Tmai in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: July 1st, 2006, 04:28 PM
  3. Phal, any tips??
    By diogo in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: June 2nd, 2006, 10:04 AM
  4. Tips on pics(?)
    By Lore in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: August 25th, 2005, 03:27 AM
  5. s/h beginners
    By hohcs in forum Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: February 6th, 2005, 10:03 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.