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This is a discussion on My west north west Orchid window... within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by 78Terp How do you water them? I walk most of mine, in ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    How do you water them?

    I walk most of mine, in the range of 200 orchids, to the sink at every watering.
    Walk them to the shower and load up the tub with the plug in. I have 3 gallon water bottles filled with rain water warming in the house. Hit them with a 2 gallon watering can and let them soak for 15 minutes then another 2 gallons. Soak for another 15 minutes then drain. There are about 230 orchids and some epiphyte cacti and such. Start about 6 am and finish around 3 when I have to do them all. I'll have to empty the rain barrels soon so have to start using aquarium water. Good for the fish because then I don't forget to freshen them up and good for the plants because they get some weak fertilizer.

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    I see plenty of room for hundreds of miniatures...

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    I concur with Kirk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    I see plenty of room for hundreds of miniatures...
    LOL me too. Going to a show in Windsor next weekend to try to remedy that.

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    Such a nice display and plenty of very healthy orchids

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    Thank you Eric! I do reasonably well with everything but the Oncidium alliance. The new grow room will be far more humid then our living space. Giving up on them if they don't do well down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Thank you Eric! I do reasonably well with everything but the Oncidium alliance. The new grow room will be far more humid then our living space. Giving up on them if they don't do well down there.
    Before you give up on them try the water culture technique. Oncids respond the best. I gave up on quite a few of mine which I now regret. Once I took the keepers out of media and kept them with about a 1/4 of the roots always in rain water they turned around. I am getting roots, fat pbs and spikes.

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    Thanks Karen! Worth a try! I used to stand their pots in a vase filled with water but roots not quite touching the surface. Don't know why I stopped doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Thanks Karen! Worth a try! I used to stand their pots in a vase filled with water but roots not quite touching the surface. Don't know why I stopped doing that.
    If the pots are in the water the media will stay too soggy and suffocate the roots. One of the important points using water culture is to make sure all organic media is removed so it won't rot and so that there is air around the roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    If the pots are in the water the media will stay too soggy and suffocate the roots. One of the important points using water culture is to make sure all organic media is removed so it won't rot and so that there is air around the roots.
    What I was doing before worked quite well. That's why I can't figure out why I changed it. Not planning on using media this time. Just a mesh pot that fits the top of the round glass bowl with a few inches to spare in the bottom. They'll also be going in my new room where the humidity will be very high. Our the door if I start seeing too many brown spots again!

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