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Watering Phal orchid with Ice Cubes

This is a discussion on Watering Phal orchid with Ice Cubes within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by PBaez I have a couple of these which I have repotted. At ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBaez View Post
    I have a couple of these which I have repotted. At least they came in a bark mix. Two of them are now in spike and in a race with my one and only cattleya to be my first earned bloom.
    Sounds like you are doing quite well with them. Don't forget to show us who wins the race!

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    I'm taking pictures as they progress. They are neck in neck right now. Since the Cattleya was in bloom when I bought it last summer, I figure the Phal will bloom first -- it's the right season anyway.

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    Yikes why is it no ice cubes? I have [rarely] used this method, though truthfully am not having loads of luck. When I *have* used them I make sure to not place them where the'll be in contact with the plant tissue. All in all my orchids are a bit on the neglected side, as a friend of mine told me a little less attention is better than too much fussing/ overwatering etc.

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    Well, as the ice melts, it turns into cold water. Phals don't really like cold. I have a friend who has kept her gift phal alive this way for some time, but it has never re-bloomed....that could have to do with having cold feet, not quite enough light, or (most likely) both. If everything else is tolerable, I don't think ice will kill a phal, but it will stress the plant....and happy orchids bloom better!

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    NO ICE FOR ANY ORCHID! Orchids like tepid to warm water! If an orchid is not "happy" it might live for a while, but not get new leaves or BLOOM. Give any orchid the culture it needs and it will prosper and bloom for you.....Betty :-)

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    did it say....

    4. if you want the blooms to last longer, put it in a freezer?

    Vincent

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    Vincent -- That wasn't # 4 but the last time I saw any of these in a big box store, someone had put them in the cooler with the cut flowers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBaez View Post
    Vincent -- That wasn't # 4 but the last time I saw any of these in a big box store, someone had put them in the cooler with the cut flowers!


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    Well, I just got a Phalaenopsis as a gift and was specifically told by the giver that I -could- use the ice cube method. ---- vendor information removed -see faqs on posting----

    He gave me this new orchid as a "starter" plant after I killed off a couple of other, more difficult to care for, orchids. It seems I just can't keep them alive in my house, no matter what I do, although I seem to do fine with his when I housesit!

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    This makes me laugh. Think of it this way - does it rain ice cubes in the rainforest? No. So why on Earth would anyone water orchid with ice cubes? Not only that, but three ice cubes? That wouldn't even be enough water to turn the velamen on one root green. They key to watering orchids, any kind of orchid, is to thoroughly DRENCH THEM until their roots turn solid green (this could take minutes), allow the water to drain completely out and then put them back up. Do not water again (in the case of a Phal.) until the media is almost completely dry...but do not let it get bone dry (like a Cattleya would enjoy).

    I kind of breaks my heart that growers/sellers mass produce these beautiful plants only to give people directions on how to destroy them and buy more. They're living things, some of God's most beautiful creations and are completely defenseless without our proper care.

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