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UPDATE Phals and Oncidium orchid in semi-hydro

This is a discussion on UPDATE Phals and Oncidium orchid in semi-hydro within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This post is an update to this following thread: http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ns-please.html Today, I transferred my latest ...

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    Post UPDATE Phals and Oncidium orchid in semi-hydro

    This post is an update to this following thread:
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ns-please.html

    Today, I transferred my latest acquisitions into S/H as my dear friend Amey Bhide suggested.
    The Hydroton was washed several times and soaked for 24 hours prior to use.

    I started with the Oncidium, when I removed it from the shipping pot, I was surprised to see lots of new white roots growing out and I also found two new green growths.
    The Oncidium was potted in a mixture of Bark and Sphagnum Moss, I took me a while to get rid of all the Moss that was stuck between the tangled web of old roots.
    I only covered the base of the bulbs with hydroton.
    I don't know what type of Oncidium I have, the seller told me that I has white flowers.



    Then I transferred my new Phals into S/H; I cut the flower spikes off and placed them in a vase, because Halloamey suggested that the plant should focus on producing new roots instead of focusing all the energy on the flowers. I sprinkled some cinnamon on the cut spikes.
    The roots were all green and pulp, i removed a couple of roots entirely and also trimmed some of the other roots with the dry ends (areal roots)
    I did my best to keep all the areal roots outside the S/H medium.







    This is an old Phal that has been in Hydroton for six months now and is putting out a new spike, it was previously placed in a S/H mixture of Perlite and black Lava Rocks.



    After I finished transferring my new plants into S/H, I cleaned all the leaves with lemon juice and paper towels, I only cleaned the top part of the leaves.

    A group Photo:



    From Right to Left:
    1- Oncidium (---)
    2- Phal. Happy girl x Phal. - M. Valentine - N Cinderella - x T Fire Bird
    3- Phal. Golden Peoker 'BL' - HCC-AOS
    4- Phal. Taisuco kochidian NFS x yukimai NFS w-y X Self
    5- Phal. Firebird x Phal. Modern Beauty (Deep Water Culture)(This is an old Phal that had all its roots dry out about a month ago probably because of the very cold winter that we experienced this year)

    Names courtesy of the University of Florida, Orchid Photo Library.
    Photos: Orchid Photo Library - Orchidology (ORH 4280) - Tropical Research & Education Center - UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

    I will update this thread with the results.

    Cheers!

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    Looks good Johnny.

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    Thanks to you Amey!

    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Looks good Johnny.

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    they all look good but one more thing is to stake your plants up so i'm not alone for S/H

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_andreev View Post
    they all look good but one more thing is to stake your plants up so i'm not alone for S/H
    Thank you Kitty, what do you mean by "stake your plants up"?

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    i saw all plants are flipping,for me i always stake them when i repot or move to s/h. it help the plant stabilize (just my opinion)

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    Congrats Johnny. Those look good. Please share their progress later. .

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    Lookin good!
    How did you manage to get the old media off the onc? I have a brsdm that I repotted into s/h but was afraid to be too aggressive with the root ball; everything seemed pretty well stuck in there!
    I'm interested to see the progress too once these have settled in

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    Lookin good!
    How did you manage to get the old media off the onc? I have a brsdm that I repotted into s/h but was afraid to be too aggressive with the root ball; everything seemed pretty well stuck in there!
    I'm interested to see the progress too once these have settled in
    Removing the media (Sphagnum) from the Onc's root ball, required lots of time, a toothpick and rinsing. dig with the toothpick then rinse over and over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by empiref View Post
    Removing the media (Sphagnum) from the Onc's root ball, required lots of time, a toothpick and rinsing. dig with the toothpick then rinse over and over again.
    Thanks! Guess I need to be more patient hah

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