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Old 04-27-2019, 10:17 AM
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Thank you SO much Roberta. I sure haven't reached that level yet, but I'm working on it! Maybe I just need more orchids to give me that last push?
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I'm interested in the same thing it's not just the time factor, in our relatively mild winters, on work days the only time I can really water is when I get home in the evening which is not ideal.

However I have a mix of phals, dendrobians, oncidiums and cymbidiums - in different levels of maturity in different sized pots, all in orchiata bark and if I set up a timer to water the most thirsty orchids, the cattleyas and dendros are never going to dry out... Currently each individual plant is watered independently when needed. (Which does mean most days I'm watering something).
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Currently each individual plant is watered independently when needed. (Which does mean most days I'm watering something).
One of the tricks to successfully automating watering is to - by proper selection of pot, basket, mount, and medium - make the "when needed" factor be at the same time for all of your plants.

I did find, in that process, that I moved toward everything needing to be watered more often, but since it was automated, that's not an issue. The bonus is that more frequent watering leads to faster growth.
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Ray nailed it... if you can pot/mount/basket and adjust media, you can properly water plants with a wide range of needs together and have each get what it wants. For instance, I have Laelia anceps (which must dry out between waterings) mounted or in baskets with minimal media hanging above the Cymbidiums that like to stay damp, in plastic pots with small bark. Choice of location was that this was the spot with the ideal light for both (a lot). In the middle of summer, I may water every day - the L. anceps are dry in two hours, the Cyms stay damp. So make the container/media decision when you pot (every few years) instead of worrying about when you water every few days or so. Much easier.
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