Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?
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 bulbs and leaves - should I?
Many perks!
<...more...>


Sponsor
 

Google


Fauna Top Sites
LOG IN/REGISTER TO CLOSE THIS ADVERTISEMENT
  #1  
Old 10-05-2019, 09:41 AM
JeffreyR JeffreyR is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2019
Zone: 7a
Location: Outside Philadelphia, PA USA
Posts: 29
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?
Default Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?

As a Phal grower, I know that I do not want to water their leaves. I water the media.

For Oncs (just got my first 2, both with long thin leaves, 1 traditional and 1 in S/H) I understand that they can take some water and can be outside plants that get rained on, etc.

My question is, do I want to water the whole plant, including the bulbs and leaves? Or is it just that it is ok if that happens.

And if I知 a 25ppm N at every watering kind of guy, does that change the answer?

Thanks for the help as I grow my new oncs.
__________________
Jeffrey R
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-11-2019, 08:29 AM
ArronOB ArronOB is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Central Coast, NSW
Posts: 189
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I? Male
Default

I have about 50 Oncidium alliance hybrids growing in a shadehouse. I water them by spraying from above - with sprinklers. I don稚 recall loosing one.


Edit
覧覧覧覧覧-
Oops, sorry. Just reread your post and realised you were asking specifically if there is any advantage to watering from above, rather then whether it does any harm. I don稚 know the answer to that.

Last edited by ArronOB; 10-11-2019 at 08:34 AM..
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 1 Likes
Likes JeffreyR liked this post
  #3  
Old 10-11-2019, 09:19 AM
Ray's Avatar
Ray Ray is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oak Island NC
Posts: 10,468
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I? Male
Default

It sounds like you're asking about the potential benefit of doing so, and there really isn't one.

Yes, the plants have the capability of nutrient uptake via the foliar route, but it is very small, as the cuticle layers - present to prevent water loss - don't really allow the tissues to wet easily. (The cutex is much thicker on plants without substantial pseudobulbs.)
__________________
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
  #4  
Old 10-11-2019, 02:38 PM
claypot claypot is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 25
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?
Default

Jeffrey, no harm at all watering from above so long as the water does in fact reach the compost too...that is how they get watered naturally in their rain forest habitat. BUT I have found that in cultivation it is wise to ensure the foliage gets a chance to dry within reasonable time to avoid any chance of rot setting in. I have been to the big commercial growers in Holland and that is exactly how they water, but within the entire regime. I too have overhead watering (from mains water) in my Odontoglossum greenhouse and they love it but I use it only when I am absent to do watering myself. I would really like to make it more permanent but have not yet devised a satisfactory method of incorporating fertilizer into the spray.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-11-2019, 04:21 PM
Ray's Avatar
Ray Ray is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oak Island NC
Posts: 10,468
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I? Male
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by claypot View Post
I would really like to make it more permanent but have not yet devised a satisfactory method of incorporating fertilizer into the spray.
Metering pump and small tank of concentrate.
__________________
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
  #6  
Old 10-13-2019, 04:14 PM
JeffreyR JeffreyR is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2019
Zone: 7a
Location: Outside Philadelphia, PA USA
Posts: 29
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?
Default

Thanks all,

The Onc Isthmi is in a clay pot and is VERY crowded. In fact, some bulbs are growing somewhat vertically from other bulbs and hang over the pot edge. The roots from these are all aerial, as there is no medium under them for them to go into.

Since blooming is approaching (fall bloomer), I will not repot right not, but will repot when done.

In the meantime, I'm misting the aerial roots on the new bulbs daily and considering giving them some loose sphagnum to help hold a bit of moisture.

And the main pot with the "real" roots, I am guessing at and watering 2x per week. I really can't get in there to see or feel how it is doing re moisture. It is that crowded.
Attached Thumbnails
Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?-676fdaea-fb54-4441-9884-34bcc9fdf206-jpg   Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?-cdeed781-dfd7-4afd-8f58-a97437511184-jpg   Watering bulbs and leaves - should I?-b3f23c30-936c-4275-85c0-d1f1c9b31daf-jpg  
__________________
Jeffrey R

Last edited by JeffreyR; 10-13-2019 at 04:54 PM..
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
bulbs, leaves, oncs, water, 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
Blc. Waianae Leopard - Yellowing / Browning Bulbs and Leaves alexharisiadis Beginner Discussion 7 10-01-2019 05:12 PM
Cymbidium bulb rot and yellowing leaves in Semi-Hydro. empiref Cymbidium Alliance 18 08-15-2018 12:42 AM
brown and black spots on Mtssa. pseudo bulbs and leaves stargazie Pests & Diseases 2 04-07-2014 12:27 PM
Have no idea what this is..it's got bulbs and large leaves, that's all I know! dragonsong Identification Forum 8 03-27-2013 10:45 PM
It's Amaryllis time again!!! NYCorchidman Off Topic - Totally 44 02-07-2013 01:40 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:08 AM.

© 2007 OrchidBoard.com
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.