For years, orchids have been the enigmatic jewel of the gardening world, their intricate care often eluding even seasoned gardeners. But what if the secret to their flourishing isn’t buried in the soil?
Dive into a revolutionary approach that’s subtly changing the orchid game, offering a simpler, yet profoundly effective method. Prepare to rethink everything you knew about cultivating these captivating blooms.
Valerie H, a plant enthusiast, recently shared her experience with growing orchids in water. She showcased an orchid that had only one bare stem four months ago.
After switching from soil to water, the orchid has a stem full of blossoms and is growing another stem. “I never had success growing orchids until I started growing them in water,” Valerie explains.
The Process: How to Switch to Water Culture
Valerie outlines a straightforward process for converting your orchids to water culture:
1. Remove Mulch and Moss
The first step is to remove all the mulch, dirt, and moss from the plant. Moss, in particular, holds onto water and can cause root rot.
2. Trim Weak Roots
Use scissors to remove any roots that are wet, mushy, or dried out and paper-thin.
3. Rinse & Recheck
Rinse the remaining roots with water and cut any other bad roots that you may have missed.
4. Positioning the Crown
The crown of the orchid, where the leaves come out, should be kept above the water level. Use braces if necessary.
5. Water Level
Add enough water just to cover the bottom of the roots. Valerie also mentioned that the water should be changed weekly for the plants to thrive.
Additionally, orchids love lots of light, but not direct sunlight.
The Community Response
The method has gained significant attention, with many people sharing their success stories.
One person wrote,
“I did this too and ALL of my orchids are now flowering! I’m so happy.”
“This is true!!! This is my exact experience… I love orchids now!! So easy!”
A third added,
“I have 54 orchids, all in water. It’s the only way to go!”
Growing Orchids In Water
Plantly.io provides an in-depth guide on growing orchids in water, covering various methods like Full Water Culture (FWC), Semi Water Culture (SWC), and Semi Hydroponics (SH).
It emphasizes that orchids can indeed thrive in water culture, especially in high-humidity environments. Water culture has many benefits, such as preventing root rot and making maintenance easier.
However, it also warns about the disadvantages, including the risk of mold formation and the need for frequent nutrient solutions. The article offers practical tips on transferring orchids to water culture, caring for them, and even fertilizing them in this unique growing medium.
Water Culture with Phalaenopsis Orchids
The Reddit post in the r/orchids subreddit discusses the practice of water culture with Phalaenopsis orchids. Users share their experiences and opinions on this method, emphasizing that it’s a viable way to grow orchids.
One user mentions that they soak the roots of their orchids for 24-48 hours once a week and find it compelling, especially during hot summer days. Another user talks about their success in growing new roots and even getting a flower spike using this method.
This also highlights the concerns of potential root rot and the cost of orchids, suggesting that water culture is worth trying but requires careful monitoring.
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@valerie_hhouse Growing orchids in water has been the easiest way I’ve found to keep my orchids thriving. Converting orchids to water culture is so simple too.
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