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please help me... in trouble, sick Moth Orchid

This is a discussion on please help me... in trouble, sick Moth Orchid within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hi Sharon, The S/H media is little clay pellots that have been baked at a ...

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    Hi Sharon,
    The S/H media is little clay pellots that have been baked at a very high temperatue that makes them porous. They are a media that does not break down like bark or sphag, so the plants can stay in the same pot for many years without root problems caused by rotting media. I like that you can use recycled plastic drink cups for pots. A local bakery/sandwich shop sells tea in a clear plastic quart size cup. Perfect for an S/H pot! For semi/hydroponice to work, the cup needs a water reservoir in the bottom, so the drain hole is placed about 1 inch up the side of the cup. I usually cut a 1/2 by 1/4 inch slot for drainage. A couple of round holes will work just as well. The clay pellots wick water up from the reservoir to the area of the orchid roots, but the space between the rounded pellots provides plenty of air for those roots. Best of both worlds for them, air and water available at all times. And with the clear plastic cup, you can see the roots! Entertainment built right in!

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    This sounds very Cooool.... BD just sent me the instructions for my Phals, thank goodness because I have no clue. By useing this "S&H" it would change the watering procedure all together, wouldn't it? I kinda like "old school" however, I do like the idea of being able to see the roots... they remind me of "spiders" and the roots are part of what attracts me to the plants! It would be cleaner too, I supose. Is it very exspensive? I would only need enough for four pots!

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    It is sold by volume instead of weight. 4 quart size plastic cups would need 3 to 3 1/2 liters of pellots. I have been ordering mine online from a site mentioned in some of the S/H threads, firstrays.com. I bought large quantities because I have a lot of orchids so I don't know what the cost of smaller amounts would be. Shipping to the central U.S. doubled the cost though. Something to keep in mind if you order some. Google LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggragate).It is sold under the brand names Hydroton, Aliflor. Probably others I don't know.

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    Thank you, I am looking it up now!

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    I just read the article on Orchid Viruses... Between this and what Bruce sent on proper care... All I can say is, my poor babies. I have done {{{everything}}} wrong. All I can do now is hope for the best, and do things right from now on. I feel like crap, going to bed...

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    Sharon, are you taking this too seriously? Part of the fun is the challenge. That's why Bruce, Cin, Connie and all the rest get so much enjoyment when things work out and they get powerful blooms. Viruses are at the very least somewhat rare. I lost my first few orchids because I didn't know how to care for them. Thanks to the growers here, now I have a lot (not as many as Ron-NY !!!) and they are mostly doing fine. I hope you are feeling better today. Best regards, Joe

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    Yes , you are right. I have been very stressed, and not feeling well... thank you for reminding me.

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    Hi, I have been off line for a while. Since the last time I posted I have adopted more Orchids. (of course) Now I have 5 Moth Orchids. One of the originals is doing very well... I was given two more sad plants, one passed away. Then two more arrived and they are coming along. And one baby! The other {{{6}}} orphans are a different type, so I will post them else where. =) Seems when a person opens their heart to unhappy Orchids... the Universe takes note, and they keep coming! Here are some pictures...Name:  Orchids, Phals 021.jpg
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    They look healthy.
    I would keep an eye on ones that are grown in sphagnum moss because they stay wet for a long time and sometimes cause root rotting problem.

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    Yes, thank you... I have had this problem. When I got most of them they needed help. I was given the sphag so I am using it for now.... I was given all the plants, extra pots, fertilizer and all, in just a few months time. I have a very tight budget... but the "chids" keep coming. I really don't know what I am doing. I watch them, and like children each one has its own personality... so I play them Mozart.

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