WATERING ERRORS: Avoid Hitting the Flowers with the Water

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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The pollinia are easily dislodged by the hose jet on some flowers and the blooms fold quickly once the pollinia are removed, such as in sophronitis. A74-13
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WATERING: Continuously,a New Method To apply constant irrigation to single plants, use fiberglas netting obtainable from boat-builders, rig it between substrate and water supply below; fertilizer can be added to the solution, which works up the netting . A80-1258;for details of an automatic system, see OIE88Apr-4 0
WATERING: Errors By dunking a plant in a pail an ailment can be spread from one plant to another. A82-1178 0
WATERING ERRORS: Placing Pots in Six-inch Deep Trays This is not good, rising water will bring trouble with the accumulation of salts from fertilizer. A74-217 0
WATERING FREQUENCY: How Often Is Watering Required? Frequency of watering required is a mystery little understood; watering five to seven times a week produced larger cattleyas and cymbidiums in four-inch pots, contrary to the usual precepts. A77-928 0
WATERING FREQUENCY: How Often Is Water Required by Cattleyas Growing Outside? The standard answer is as often as required, depending on the usual factors related to conditions. A79-674 0
WATERING (GENERAL): First Lightly Then Heavily The first watering is to wet the medium and the second is to leach out the residual alkali. OD72-227 0
WATERING (GENERAL): First Water Then Fertilize Dry roots do not like fertilizer. A69-524; A74-114 0
WATERING (GENERAL): Postulates Watering is to be done only when the root tip is actively growing and maintaining the green section at the tip at its optimum length. OD68-304 0
WATERING (GENERAL): Problems They are of common occurrence; the variety of kinds grown requires variety of treatment; pots and mixes vary greatly also; excessive watering the main problem; too often oxygen content of water and the air are not maintained properly around roots; impervious containers, pots too large for the plant and adverse climatic conditions are contributing factors; refer to AH37+ 0
WATERING: Knowledge on How to Do It It is obtained in four ways: by discussing the subject; by reading; by being aware of the original habitat of the plant; and, by being observant; much theory and detail. AU82-120; 261 0
WATERING: Never in the Pot A cultural practice used to achieve plump and large pseudobulbs with dark green foliage showing no excess light or feeding damage on a particular odontoglossum was achieved by spraying only and maintaining a relative humidity of 80%. OR85-27 0
WATERING: Quantity of Water Required About 100 gallons to 400 sq. ft., or 600 six-inch pots. A86-1252 0
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