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 5 of 5

Growing medium for Phalaenopsis Orchid

This is a discussion on Growing medium for Phalaenopsis Orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Thanks for the warm welcome. Actually, even if I'm quite new to growing orchids, I'm ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    hansi is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Hans
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    I have 3 residences, Canada 5 month, Germany 3 month and Mexico 3 and travel another month
    Posts
    5

    Smile Growing medium for Phalaenopsis Orchid

    Thanks for the warm welcome. Actually, even if I'm quite new to growing orchids, I'm very happy with the result so far with one exception. I had bough a nice Phalaenopsis (my very first) in a well respected local greenhouse and it has bloomed basically continuously for almost 2 years. It is now finally taking a "nap" and I re-potted the plant into a slightly larger pot. I bought the ready packed planting medium, also at the same greenhouse. But when I water it once a week, the water runs through very rapidly. I obliviously did something wrong. Perhaps I did not pack it tight enough or I have the wrong medium? Should I have packed some sphagnum moss around the roots? The package says "ideally suited for Phalaenopsis and other orchids".
    What do you think??
    Thanks, Hansi

  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

    Did you soak the new planting medium overnight before you potted your phalaenopsis into it? You could try watering with a 10 minute soak in tepid water each time you water. Take a pot or bowl deeper than your phalaenopsis pot. Set your orchid inside and fill around the plant with tepid water. You may have to hold the bark down when you first do this to keep the bark submerged. 10 to 15 minutes soak allows the roots plenty of time to absorb water, the medium usually absorbs some water, too.

  3. #3
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now 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

    And to add to what Cindi said: It is a good thing that most of the water runs through the medium. Phals never want to completely dry out, but they do not want to stay wet either. They appreciate a little moisture since they do not have p-bulbs to hold water. Good luck to you and welcome to OrchidTalk.

    Cheers,
    BD

  4. #4
    hansi is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Hans
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    I have 3 residences, Canada 5 month, Germany 3 month and Mexico 3 and travel another month
    Posts
    5

    Default Phalaenopsis watering

    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Did you soak the new planting medium overnight before you potted your phalaenopsis into it? You could try watering with a 10 minute soak in tepid water each time you water. Take a pot or bowl deeper than your phalaenopsis pot. Set your orchid inside and fill around the plant with tepid water. You may have to hold the bark down when you first do this to keep the bark submerged. 10 to 15 minutes soak allows the roots plenty of time to absorb water, the medium usually absorbs some water, too.
    thanks for the reply cindiras, I can now remember it well, I did NOT soak the potting medium long enough, only about 10 minutes. I do like the idea of submersing the pot, will try it this coming weekend. But I must be doing something right (or just lucky) since I do or have so many "wrongs". Firstly, our 3 Orchids are sitting in a large window, facing south!!! They do receive some open shading though since we have a large awning above the window. Secondly, we live in Alberta, Canada, cold winters - hot air heating which tend to dry everything out and I do not mist the plants at all and water them only once per week. And yet, they are doing very well and I usually have two out of three blooming. Perhaps it it all beginners luck and the axe is still to fall.
    Hansi

  5. #5
    Noman Sarwar is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    7

    Default

    i love orchids flowers,
    how can i grow it and also tell me that how can i care for it properly?

Similar Threads

  1. Microcoelia exilis seed growing medium
    By africana in forum Flasking Equipment & Technique
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: September 22nd, 2010, 01:41 PM
  2. Dendrobium fimbriatum var oculatum - growing medium
    By bedt in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: May 29th, 2010, 02:46 AM
  3. Growing medium for new cymbidium
    By the dragonn in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: December 20th, 2007, 12:27 PM
  4. Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)
    By admin in forum Orchid Forum Articles
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 22nd, 2007, 07:14 PM
  5. Paph roots above the growing medium
    By Ania in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: June 5th, 2006, 07:22 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.