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This is a discussion on Advice for Growing Orchid in Air-conditioned Living Room within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I am thinking of buying Cleisocentron gokusingii and Cleisocentron merrillianum , which is cool grower. ...
I am thinking of buying Cleisocentron gokusingii and Cleisocentron merrillianum, which is cool grower. So maybe I should grow them in air-conditioned living room. I have tried growing some orchids like Phals and Vandas indoor before but it is not successful at all. I think the challenge is air flow, because when I water them, they did not dry out quickly so they end up rotted. However, I don't have any fancy set up, just put the plants on the table. Lighting is dependent on lamp on the ceiling and also there is a fan on the ceiling as well. Hopefully, indoor growers here would share some knowledge. I would appreciate every advice.
Harvey nailed it, but in reality, too much water is not the issue; lack of air flow is.
Orchids do a great deal of gas exchange via their roots, unlike terrestrial plants. If the potting medium is too dense - that is, if the spaces between the particles are too small - then surface tension can keep them totally filled with water, suffocating the roots.
The trick is to find a potting medium that allows plenty of air flow to the rots, while still holding enough water to allow you to water at a reasonable frequency.
Thank you very much Harvey and Ray
I saw a few people had grown Cleisocentron spp. in this forum. Hopefully I can get some tips on growing culture too.