Watering phal vs oncidium
Login
User Name
Password   


Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Sponsor
Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.

Watering phal vs oncidium
Many perks!
<...more...>


Sponsor
 

Google


Fauna Top Sites
LOG IN/REGISTER TO CLOSE THIS ADVERTISEMENT
  #1  
Old 11-02-2018, 12:10 PM
Benno Benno is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 19
Watering phal vs oncidium
Question Watering phal vs oncidium

I'm confused as to if and how phals and oncidiums should be watered differently. If I have hybrid phals and Oncidium Sharry baby and an oncidium noid with thin roots but chunky pseudobulbs, in the same media and same environment, which ones should I typically be watering more often? I had assumed that phals being "moisture loving" would need more to be watered earlier but there's so much confusing/conflicting advice around now I wonder if oncidiums need to be kept more moist than my phals.

Sorry for the dumb question...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-02-2018, 03:01 PM
Ray's Avatar
Ray Ray is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oak Island NC
Posts: 9,365
Watering phal vs oncidium
Default

I don't think that's a dumb question at all.

The fact that the oncidiums have pseudobulbs says that they can tolerate drying out, not that they must to dry out. As long as you're potting medium is open and airy, it can stay constantly moist just like it should for the phal.
__________________
Ray Barkalow, Orchid Iconoclast
Want Better Plants? READ THIS
shop.firstrays.com

Free Shipping in the US! (see terms & conditions for details)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-02-2018, 06:33 PM
Benno Benno is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 19
Watering phal vs oncidium
Default

Yes the medium is Kiwi bark (medium size) with perlite and charcoal mixed in. So I can just water all of them before it is fully dried out? I use skewers and always want to water as the skewers start coming out barely damp.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-02-2018, 06:39 PM
Roberta's Avatar
Roberta Roberta is offline
Senior Member
Watering phal vs oncidium
 

Join Date: Jun 2008
Zone: 10a
Location: Coastal southern California, USA
Posts: 1,949
Watering phal vs oncidium Female
Default

Something to consider the next time these are potted (no need to change anything now...) If the Oncidium is in small bark and the Phal in medium bark, the Oncidium will stay more moist with the same amount of water, and so one watering regimen for all will give pretty much ideal conditions for both. This is the scheme I use in my yard (with probably upwards of 1000 orchid plants with various needs) I can use different schemes in different zones (automatic sprinkler system), but within the same zone everybody gets watered the same. I just use different media (or none at all) depending on the needs of the plants, and everybody is happy. (And I don't have to work hard to accomplish that, can even take a vacation)
__________________
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" Carl Sagan

Last edited by Roberta; 11-02-2018 at 06:43 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-02-2018, 08:19 PM
Dollythehun's Avatar
Dollythehun Dollythehun is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Aug 2016
Zone: 6a
Location: Northern Indiana
Posts: 3,845
Watering phal vs oncidium Female
Default

Well, two of the best have answered you. Here's my two cents: I use a moss mix for both and pot in clay pots. I water my phals when the moss is crispy, drizzling on the water, not soaking. My Sharry Baby is a monster, I keep her constantly moist. My oncidiums get watered as soon as the moss approaches dryness. Skewers never worked for me.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-06-2018, 07:41 PM
Puja Puja is offline
Member
 

Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 45
Watering phal vs oncidium
Default

Eh, as far as oncidiums NoIDs go, every individual plant is different. In the same medium, some dry out a lot faster than others. I tend to take more care to keep oncidium roots moist (by misting when the temperatures or high or the air is dry) than phal roots, but it may just be my personal bias. Not that phals do not like misting when conditions are drier, but I've found that the thin roots of most oncidiums dry out much faster than phal roots when left underwatered for a few days. This only concerns the roots - for the leaves, it seems to be the other way around (which is probably due to the pseudobulbs of oncidiums).

Again, this may just be my bias, or I just happen to have oncidiums that really dislike drier conditions.

P.S. This is the beginner board, there are no dumb questions.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
oncidium, oncidiums, phals, watered, watering


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Orchids with a strong scent razka3 Beginner Discussion 262 08-22-2018 10:58 PM
Quest for all Phal species minneSNOWta Species 93 02-23-2014 03:59 PM
Growing conditions - Phal vs Oncidium ATXOrchids Terrarium Gardening 3 01-23-2013 08:14 PM
Phal watering ?? tedbib Beginner Discussion 12 01-18-2013 11:04 AM
Project 3 - Plant List & Discussion cb977 Member Projects 283 02-07-2007 09:31 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:22 PM.

© 2007 OrchidBoard.com
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.