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Forum: Potting & Repotting Yesterday, 09:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 291
Posted By Ray
As has been discussed in another thread, I have...

As has been discussed in another thread, I have found that a 50/50 blend of LECA and Grodan rock wool mini-cubes to be a great medium that has sufficient weight to hold a plant well, while remaining...
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture 04-10-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 134
Posted By Ray
Best I have been able to tell in my 30+ years of...

Best I have been able to tell in my 30+ years of s/h growing, algae has no effect on plant growth, and is merely an aesthetic issue.

I’d be careful about using a homemade remedy like that. If it...
Forum: Potting & Repotting 04-10-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 291
Posted By Ray
I am curious where you got the info about LECA...

I am curious where you got the info about LECA and increasing alkalinity with time. Alkalinity is the resistance to pH change, usually due to the accumulation of carbonates in the medium, and they...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 04-09-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,305
Posted By Ray
Hah! My Dad told me that when men were inducted...

Hah! My Dad told me that when men were inducted into the military (way back when), any that were uncircumcised were required to have the procedure done. “Oh nurse. Can you change my bandage?”
...
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture 04-09-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 88
Posted By Ray
“The plant” does not determine whether or not it...

“The plant” does not determine whether or not it can be grown in semi-hydro culture. The sum of all your particular cultural parameters, and how well they work with the S/H pot environment will...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 04-08-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By Ray
If you read about the natural habitats of many of...

If you read about the natural habitats of many of the plants that undergo a “winter rest”, you will find that they often state something along the lines of “rainfall is significantly reduced, but...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 04-07-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 100
Posted By Ray
In my opinion, anything that is green is still...

In my opinion, anything that is green is still contributing to the welfare of the colony, so should be left attached, if that is practical and if removing them still leaves you with 2 or 3 old...
Forum: Growing on Mounts 04-05-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By Ray
But mounted orchids are the easiest for which you...

But mounted orchids are the easiest for which you can automate the watering so you don’t have to remember!
Forum: Growing on Mounts 04-04-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By Ray
I'd question the applicability of rosemary as a...

I'd question the applicability of rosemary as a mount. The herb is quite pungent, thanks to its resins, so I wonder if they'd be harmful to anything mounted on it.
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture 04-04-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By Ray
Kim - "new roots" means just that. Roots that...

Kim - "new roots" means just that. Roots that are just emerging from the base of the plant and beginning to grow.

As roots grow, they "tailor" themselves to the environment in which they are...
Forum: Pests & Diseases 04-03-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By Ray
I forgot to mention that acephate...

I forgot to mention that acephate (https://firstrays.com/product/acephate-97-wp-1-lb/) (AKA Orthene) has been my "go-to" systemic insecticide for scale for decades.
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 04-03-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,305
Posted By Ray
My daughter called me on Thursday, describing the...

My daughter called me on Thursday, describing the "hell" that her reaction was to the first shot. Temp of 102.3° (her "normal" is 97.2°), achy, and felt generally miserable. She is fine now, but...
Forum: Pests & Diseases 04-03-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By Ray
I have used the product, and it works very well...

I have used the product, and it works very well on soft-bodied insects like mealy bugs and even beetles with shells, but scales are not listed on the label "kill list", probably due to the...
Forum: Pests & Diseases 04-03-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By Ray
The damage to the dendrobium is typical of...

The damage to the dendrobium is typical of sunburn. There is nothing you can do, and there is nothing you need to do.

The damage to the paph leaves looks to be a bit of minor mechanical damage,...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 04-02-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 180
Posted By Ray
You just need a regulator.

You just need a regulator.
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 04-02-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 352
Posted By Ray
No, tap water, but it was so pure, it was close...

No, tap water, but it was so pure, it was close enough.

Here in southeastern NC, about 80 miles from where I lived back then, our tap water is about 100 ppm TDS (true, not measured), of which half...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 04-02-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By Ray
I remembered incorrectly... 1 ml/L is 1/1000, 1...

I remembered incorrectly... 1 ml/L is 1/1000, 1 tsp/gal is 1/768, so the ratio is 1000/768=1.3 (not the 1.2 I used).

Fertilizer measurement should be done in mass, not volume, especially when...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 04-02-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By Ray
As it is, by far, the most important nutrient, it...

As it is, by far, the most important nutrient, it is best to control your feeding using nitrogen as the key.

A good, general recommendation is to feed 75-125 ppm N weekly. If you divide 9.2 by...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 04-02-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By Ray
I grow mine in S/H culture and do not worry about...

I grow mine in S/H culture and do not worry about winter temperature issues with the evaporative cooling. They do not take a winter break, but keep growing, year round.

I have never been...
Forum: Off Topic - Totally 04-02-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 352
Posted By Ray
If you go enough off the beaten path, they often...

If you go enough off the beaten path, they often grow in ditches around here, but they often have standing rainwater.

When I lived in SC, I grew them in pots that were 50/50 sand and sphagnum. ...
Forum: Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance 04-02-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By Ray
It doesn’t look like a tolumnia to me.

It doesn’t look like a tolumnia to me.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 04-02-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By Ray
Now that I live on a barrier island, the weather...

Now that I live on a barrier island, the weather has become more of a focus for me, as well - not only for my plants, but for boating and fishing.

I received an Accurite station as a Christmas...
Forum: Vanda Alliance - others 04-01-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By Ray
Probably, so don't do that.

Probably, so don't do that.
Forum: Vanda Alliance - others 03-31-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By Ray
If it's completely broken, you should start to...

If it's completely broken, you should start to see the upper part wilt in a few days. If it is just cracked, but vascular tissues is still connected, the best thing you can do is find a way to...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 03-31-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 147
Posted By Ray
I have seen phals do that, only to just have the...

I have seen phals do that, only to just have the flower spike grow and bloom normally.

I have also seen the plant just produce a keiki.

Time will tell...
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