I'm digging this post back up again because I wanted to ask everyone how their S/H plants are doing. I'm seriously considering it for my orchids, and I wanted to poll everyone again to see what they thought of S/H: is it easier to care for than regular bark media? More dependable? Less watering? Better growth?
I'll be honest: I had a serious freak-out this morning when I was trying to get out the door for work- I needed to water my orchids with only 10 minutes to spare! I realized I needed to find a better way to take care of all my plants that didn't require me moving 18 orchids all the way to the kitchen to soak and then bringing them back to my bedroom windowsill again.
Am I being silly in thinking that S/H will help me take better care of all these plants? Honestly, they dry out SO fast on my windowsill, and I was hoping that S&H might help with that....as well as with my lack-of-humidity problem.
Also...one other question: I've noticed that in most S/H related posts (here and elsewhere), people talk endlessly about "improved root growth", but not much else. Is S/H a reliable planting method to actually help the plant ITSELF to grow and thrive, aside from roots?