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Just out of curiousity, how many of you are s/h'ing?

This is a discussion on Just out of curiousity, how many of you are s/h'ing? within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I find myself letting each plant telling me what they want. Tried with 3 phals ...

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    I find myself letting each plant telling me what they want. Tried with 3 phals and almost lost them all so I switched the worst back to bark after sphag and bag, one seems to be slowly adjusting and the last is aboout to go back to bark. I have a milt (not sure if its miltonpsis or miltonia) that didn't like s/h so back to bark. I'm trying one of my oncidiums, see how that works out. At this point I'm not really sure that I like the s/h method, but that's my own experience.

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    I have about 150 plants, and all are in SH except plants that I have just recieved. After they flower, they also will be switched. (Phals, Catts, and Vandas) The vandas are in wooden baskets,with clay pellets as medium. I use a plastic netting,(from the grocery store), to keep the pellets from falling out.

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    I use S/H to rejuvinate plants that have lost their roots. I also have four seedling catts, same compot. I have 3 in S/H and one in bark - too soon to tell but the new roots on tht 3 S/H are huge.

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    Since my last post, i have successfully switched 10 orchids to full S/H and 1 not so successful lol. Of all the ones i have switched, 5 are in bloom right now, and three others are in bud. In the first month, i had amazingly rapid root development. They seem to have settled and are seeming to be quite happy right now. I will get some pics up when i have a sec.

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    I'm a newbie orchid guy (I grow mostly epiphytic Tillies, Neo-broms, and ferns) and have orchids in both traditional and SH. So far my SH's (mini-phals, reed-stem epis) are doing very well (in orchidaria with both fluorescent lights and natural). I just started a Dendrobium lineale in SH (mentioned in another thread) as from culture literature it seems to want moisture and heavy feeding. I also have a Neostylis and Onci "Issaku Nagata" growing in LECA (hanging basket and shallow bonsai pot) doing well. I'm trying to adapt the LECA to natural habitat conditions of the species.

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    I've moved a couple of my Phals, my Den, and Enc to s/h and they seem to be doing quite well. It's only been a month or two so I can't say for sure but they seem pretty happy

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    I dabble with it a little. Currently have 5 siblings from a community pot and some are in S/H and some are in bark. Growing side by side, waiting to see how they react.
    I know there are quite a few people out there using it regularly and having great luck. I have also found it good for rebuilding roots on plants that have lost all or most of their roots. In that case I use shale instead of clay. It works great and a plant with absolutely no roots can be kept alive long enough for new roots to form.

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