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View Poll Results: Best orchid for new s/h'er to use as a trial

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  • Phal

    81 54.73%
  • Paph

    12 8.11%
  • Phrag

    15 10.14%
  • Onc

    11 7.43%
  • Intergenic

    3 2.03%
  • Catt

    19 12.84%
  • Vanda

    2 1.35%
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What orchid would you suggest for first time s/h'er

This is a discussion on What orchid would you suggest for first time s/h'er within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Dose it works for Miltonopsis? They love water and I love their bloom & fragrant....

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    Dose it works for Miltonopsis? They love water and I love their bloom & fragrant.

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    Louis, If you put your Milts in S/H, plant them "high" in the medium. Be sure the base of the plant is above the level of your leca. They tend to rot at the base for me if I plant them level or with the base just below the top of the rocks.

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    Maria:

    This sounds good. I have always wanted to try s/h or water culture but the thought of losing a plant scares me. I do not have access to clay pellets, LECA and the likes, so I think straight water culture might be better for me. I have attempted the use of "other medium but the "wicking" ability is not what it should be for s/h.

    Can you post some photos of some of your plants being grown in just water? Do you just top up or do you change the water? If so, how often? Is the general rule of thumb to keep all the entire root system in the water?

    Blame the number of questions on my excitement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    Okay all you experts out there, if a person wanted to try s/h for the first time which orchid would you suggest as a trial plant?
    It depend's on where you live and condition.

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    My Phals are very happy with a "wicking system" that I learned from a friend. The phals like New Zealand sphagnum moss and some help with a specific wicking fabric.
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    Default surprised cattleya do so well...???

    i thought that cattleyas needed to dry between waterings? i do well with phals in moss, so have not started any into the pellets, so far i just mix the pellets with other potting medium to keep it airy. i would like to maybe try a phrag or paph though.....

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    I have almost all of mine in S/H - catts, oncs, phals, dens, cyms, etc. The key is to repot when there are new roots because these will help the plant adapt more quickly to the new media. I've heard some people use grow mats to raise the temp and induce growth, but for me I noticed more growth when I added grow lights because my windows weren't providing sufficient light.

    I don't grow pahps or phrags, but my catts love S/H. It's best to transfer them when they have new roots because these will help the plant adapt better.

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    I voted other. I say all of them but thats only cause I have an addiction.

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    I am interested in trying s/h. It will be on my agenda over the next month or 2.

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    I've moved 1 phal, 3 oncidiums, 4 paphs, 2 Masd, 1 Dracula, 1 sedirea japonica and 1 phrag (plus a few others) into s/h. All seem to be adapting well but the sedirea japonica is doing outstandingly. Growing both roots and a spike since moving into leca 2.5 months ago.

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