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Old 09-10-2019, 09:16 AM
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I have decided to very lightly water the new emerging roots of a whole bunch of my Fdk., Clo., Monn., and Mo. Painted Desert plants that are coming out of dormancy. This is to see what happens ----- ie. will the root growth become stalled. If it turns out to be a 'told you so' situation later, then that's ok. I'll take one for the team. Otherwise, if everything turns out fine, then I'll report on the outcome(s) later.

At the moment, I'm just giving light sprays of water with the wand water sprayer (which I use for watering my orchids). Spraying roots, and even lightly wetting the spaghnum (surrounded by rocks) medium. Definitely not a good idea to have the media really wet at this point, as the plant isn't going to be getting much water into it.

I'm mainly interested to see if the new root growth will stall all of a sudden. This test isn't about a need or desire to water these plants before they even have enough leaf growth.

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I don't onwn any of those but that's what I do. Probably the result will be good.
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I don't onwn any of those but that's what I do. Probably the result will be good.
Thanks for mentioning that you've been down this alley already rbarata!
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I think this thread would be helpful for you to read through.

Catasetum - To water or not to water ?
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I think this thread would be helpful for you to read through.

Catasetum - To water or not to water ?
Thanks mook! I saw that thread in the past. Maybe my memory could be wrong, but I think I recalled that their test was to water the roots on the 'other side' of the growth. Maybe they ended up watering everything - not sure.

My test here is ----- very lightly water everything, brand new roots and surrounding media.

The media is fairly tightly packed spaghnum around the bulk of the media roots, surrounded bottom and sides with volcanic rock (scoria) ....... in very good drainage plastic pots. In the near future, I'm also going to put 1 established plant in pure volcanic rock - no spaghnum.

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