Orchid Q&A

   Air Conditioning
* Ansellia africana
    Aquarium Water
    Back Cutting
    Black Growths
    Calanthe Culture
    Catts in Hawaii
    Change of Environment
    Cymbidiella rhodocheila
* Culture of Alba Orchids
    Dehydration
    Dendrobium Care
    Dendrobium Repotting
    Dendrochilum magnum
    Dormancy
* Dry Conditions
    Epsom Salts
    Eulophia species
    Fertilizer Injector Dosage
    Flowering Vanilla
    Habenaria rhodocheila
    Holcoglossum kimballiana
    Inobulbum munificum
    Jewel Orchids
    Judging Orchids
* Leaf Color
    Leaf Residue
    Leaftip Burn
    Liparis viridiflora



Q.

I am planning a long vacation and am concerned about my orchids. I have been looking at products like Wetnet, an automated drip system, for my 35 orchids. I am wondering whether drip watering would work for my orchids, which are primarily grown in a bark mix. Do you know of anyone who has used a drip system, or if someone who has built some other type of small-scale watering system? Monica Shively

 

A.

Yes, drip systems are used on orchids, particularly in large cymbidium ranges. Drip, however, is not a good solution for coarser-grade mixes. If most of your plants are in a fine-grade mix, it should work, but only as a temporary solution, as for extended vacations. I would suggest that you have it set to water only at a maintenance level; otherwise you run the risk of overwatering. Also, this will work best with good-quality water, which is low in dissolved solids, as hard or alkaline water will harm your plants if they are not leached occasionally Ned Nash




Orchid Q&A

    Masdevallia coccinea
* Mastering Miltonias
    Mealybug Infestation
    Meristemming Monopodials
    Missing Pollen
    Night Length
    Night Lights
    No Flowers
    Non-flowering Doritaenopsis
    Odontocidium Wildcat
    Oncidium Sharry Baby
    Orchid Honeydew
* Paphinia herrerae
    Paphiopedilum armeniacum
    Paphiopedilum delenatii
    Phaius Culture
    Phalaenopsis Problem
    Physurus herpysmoides
* Plant Sitter
* Rainwater Collection
    Redwood Bark
    Redwood Bark
    Re-rooting Plants
    Spotted Oncidum Leaves
    Sticking Flowers
    Storing Pollen
    The Larger the Better
    Vanda Keiki
    Virus Question