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This is a discussion on ice cubes within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; My sister-in-law puts ice cubes in her orchid pots every other day and swears it's ...

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    My sister-in-law puts ice cubes in her orchid pots every other day and swears it's why her plants bloom. A friend tells me this is nuts! Who should I believe?

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    I've heard of this (and done this) with Cymbidiums, but not with any other kind of orchid. Although, now that you mention it, it seems like it might be a good idea for other cool growers, like Miltonia or even some Pleurothallids . . .

    At any rate. My guess is that she's probably not crazy, although it's hard to say without meeting her. But what type of orchids does she do this with?

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    I've heard of this (and done this) with Cymbidiums
    I have heard of people using ice around Phals to lower the temp to promote flowering , though they didn,t put them in the pot bit around the pot.

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    Would be worth giving it a try. Maybe there is hope for me to grow some Miltonia intergenerics after all . But then, hubby might think I've really gone over the edge .

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    I think she just has phals. I'm not sure if it's a clever way to promote blooms or just a lazy way to water them...

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    I would have thought having the ice cubes actually in the pot could shock the plant , cold water hitting Phal roots doesn,t seem like a good idea.
    But if it works for them

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    Looking at my Paph armeniacum this morning, another ice cube idea just came to mind. What if, I will fill an empty bottle of soft drink with water, freeze it and then put it next to this cool loving paphs, maybe inside a little enclosed area, sort of "chilled room" to simulate the chilly winter they require in order to bloom?I know, its crazier than ice cubes...lol. But Sue, did you get a good result when you tried the ice cube method?

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    This is so strange. My grandmother used to do that with all of her plants she grew in the house during the summer in East Texas. She found it a good way to water and cool off her plants. She grew lots of things, but no orchids (at least none that I can remember.) Thanks for the memory, Ellie P. and welcome to the forums!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya
    Would be worth giving it a try. Maybe there is hope for me to grow some Miltonia intergenerics after all . But then, hubby might think I've really gone over the edge .
    I haven't tried the ice cube thing just yet, but my honey aloready thinks I've gone over the deep end lol!

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    Tanya; yes, the year I did the ice cubes I got many spike on the Cyms. This year I was out of town in early winter, and thus couldn't do it. No spikes at all.

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