Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 17 of 17

Growing In Hydroton

This is a discussion on Growing In Hydroton within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; How tall are your quart containers?...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #11
    Sarah123 is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    28

    Default

    How tall are your quart containers?

  2. #12
    cindiras's Avatar
    cindiras is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Cindi
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Catts
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    1,766
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    8 or 9 inches rough guesstimate. (I don't have any upstairs with me and the basement bird lights are off for the night).

  3. #13
    Sarah123 is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    28

    Default

    Are they in Hydroton or Prime Agra?

  4. #14
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    The idea that Ray presents should work with hydroton and in clay pots as well since the medium is porous and will allow the roots to pull the water up to them. We have made s/h pots out of plastic food containers by simply drilling or melting holes about a third of the way up from the bottom of the pot as Cindi suggests.

    Cheers,
    BD

  5. #15
    stefpix is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    277

    Default

    when I tried hydroton it did not stay moist enough... I think ray's instructions are ok for a humid greenhouse - for a dry apt the reservoir has to be much higher.
    the only few orchids that liked were in a small bet pot inserted in a glass jar with water halfway up or in a iced coffee clear cup where the reservoir was at half point...
    Otherwise the roots would dry up and the tips turn black.
    Also I think the hydroton i found in NYC was too coarse/ large.

    it is a good system if it works. I think the pot in the saucer could be a good system. or coudl also be multiple pots in a large tray with high walls.

    I think it could be ideal if you have to go on vacation.
    But now i switched to coconut chips and for my conditions they work better than bark and hydroton... happier and more roots.

  6. #16
    cindiras's Avatar
    cindiras is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Cindi
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Catts
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    1,766
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Sarah, I am using Prime Agra at the moment. Every three weeks, I soak the pots sometimes overnight (I forgot I had three pots in the bucket). Found them the next afternoon still soaking. They were fine. I think you have to give an ocasional total submersion to recharge the clay pellots and allow them enough time in water to absorb as much as they can.

  7. #17
    cindiras's Avatar
    cindiras is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Cindi
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Catts
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    1,766
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Another thing, I use time release fertilizer pellots in my S/H pots at a rate of 1/4 teaspoon per pot. That way I only need to use plaine water, no mixing of ferts!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Fuzzy Hydroton
    By Slyjester in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: April 4th, 2010, 08:28 PM
  2. Changing From Bark To Hydroton
    By 1buzz in forum Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: April 6th, 2009, 03:28 PM
  3. What I'm growing
    By mycologist in forum Members' Growlists
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: February 14th, 2009, 05:05 PM
  4. Hydroton prices
    By WolfinKW in forum Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: July 2nd, 2007, 07:44 AM
  5. What's growing here?
    By Tikva in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: June 8th, 2006, 11:01 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.