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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; Can you use hydroton as the medium in a ceramic pot. Cattelya's in specific. If ...

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    Question Growing In Hydroton

    Can you use hydroton as the medium in a ceramic pot. Cattelya's in specific.
    If so how often or how would you now when to water?

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    I have some catts growing in the media that have hydroton mixed in, mainly for large pots of orchids to keep it from being wet for too long, and I don't use pea gravel because the pot itself is heavy enough already. Since the pots are larger than my other smaller pots, I can water them at the same schedule, 3-5 days in summer.

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    Be careful using a ceramic pot. If it is glazed, especially on the inside, it can kill your orchid. I found that out the hard way. Use clay pots for planting your orchid in. If you want to display it in a ceramic container set the clay pot in the ceramic one.

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    Would you have any idea about watering. How fast would the Hydroton dry out in a clay pot?

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    The catts I grow in it get watered twice a week during the autumn/winter when they are inside growing under lights.

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    Do you set the pot in saucer of water or do you water from the top?

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    Sarah,
    You water orchids from the top, giving it at least 2-3 minutes showing. If you have low humidity, then you can sit it on a saucer, but not directly in the water, rather sitting on top of a layer of pea gravel/pebble stones.

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    My orchids' roots did not like hydroton fro the most part. you'd have to keep it very moist and humid.
    roots were going up and / or tips turned dry and black.

    coconut chips work way better for me

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    I have some of my orchids growing s/h same way as displayed on firstrays web site but using Hydroton instead of what Ray uses. The hydroton has a wicking action pulling water up from the bottom. Thats why I wondered about the Watering of Hydroton in clay pots. I assumed the clay pot could be placed in saucer of water & would be wicked thru the pot?

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    In the case of a clay pot, the whole pot would wick water from a basin. I don't think it would be any differant than firstray's plastic pots, except the saucer would make for a lower reservoir. I have discovered that when using tall plastic quart containers for my catts, the drain hole needs to be AT LEAST 1/3 the length of the pot up from the bottom, giving a deeper reservoir.

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