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Forum: Beginner Discussion 01-14-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By bil
Thank you all for the kind words and for the...

Thank you all for the kind words and for the suggestions. It's always a pain in the whatsits when specimen plants that you have had for years take a hit.

As for temps, no we aren't in the central...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 01-13-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By bil
vanda replacements.

OK, had a chill in the greenhouse after watering and my vandas have been badly hit, lot of root and leaf loss, and I am worried that they will die.
If I replace them they will take a couple of years...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 05-30-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By bil
There are three green hard pBs wall with the look...

There are three green hard pBs wall with the look of old pBs, the other three are brown and rotten. Plus the whole plant has one leaf. There isn't a single 'fresh' pB.

PS, thanks for the...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 05-29-2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By bil
Dolly you are a sweetheart. I will tell her...

Dolly you are a sweetheart. I will tell her that. I am so sorry to hear there are so may problems there. Sadly it seems that the people at the bottom of the ladder are left to rot while the...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 05-29-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By bil
Wotcher Dolly, lovely to see you again. You know...

Wotcher Dolly, lovely to see you again. You know how it is, things change and you forget to look for posts. Thanks for the kind words. How's the weather there? We have finally slid into reliable...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 05-29-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By bil
Yeah, me neither if it had looked like that.

Yeah, me neither if it had looked like that.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 05-29-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By bil
Well, I had one before, (had to leave the...

Well, I had one before, (had to leave the greenhouse with my OH last winter/ spring and as she isn't a serious orchid person, she didn't realise that a couple were getting too hot. Still she kept...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 05-29-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,690
Posted By bil
is this a reasonable complaint?

I bought this Den hibiki Sandra's delight, and it arrived with 3 out of six pBs rotting and one green leaf only. All three green pBs look old and frankly past their best. I have approached the...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 10-03-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 797
Posted By bil
OK, thanks.

OK, thanks.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 10-03-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 797
Posted By bil
spider mite magnification question

OK, had a bad bout of resistent spider mite, so I need to take a bit more care in the future. A magnifying glass is awkward when you really need both hands, so I thought of getting a jeweller's...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 02-03-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 563
Posted By bil
"Orchids roots are designed to catch water and...

"Orchids roots are designed to catch water and expend very quickly and prolonged wet feet causes this mechanism to fail, eventually killing the roots."

Were that true, surely water culture, or S/H...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 01-21-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,467
Posted By bil
Mounted, because they look good, and free up lots...

Mounted, because they look good, and free up lots of bench space.

I don't dispute there are problems, but I like problem solving.
Forum: Catasetum and Stanhopea Alliance 01-09-2018, 02:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,398
Posted By bil
I find that Catasetinae do rather well with their...

I find that Catasetinae do rather well with their feet wet, a lot of light, heat and strong ferts. In your shoes, I would sit the pot in a solution of strong fertiliser (I use 300 ppm N). I leave...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 01-07-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,125
Posted By bil
Good point on the tendency to grow downwards, but...

Good point on the tendency to grow downwards, but what I notice is that in the roots, negative phototropism trumps the effects of gravity. Where the light is the same all round, roots will grow...
Forum: Potting & Repotting 01-04-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,825
Posted By bil
With phals in sieved coarse bark, the depth...

With phals in sieved coarse bark, the depth doesn't matter. It's when you use fine bark, or worst of all moss or fine bark/moss. Then depth is vital, and potentially lethal if you get it wrong.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 01-04-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,825
Posted By bil
If you want really shallow ones, you simply can't...

If you want really shallow ones, you simply can't buy pots that are 3-4" deep. That's why I suggest looking outside of garden containers for your needs.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 01-03-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,125
Posted By bil
In normal photosynthesising tissues, there is...

In normal photosynthesising tissues, there is positive photropism controlled by auxins made in the growing point.
Epiphytic orchid roots have evolved negative phototropism to maximise attachment and...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 01-01-2018, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 834
Posted By bil
Personally I never like cutting off dead roots...

Personally I never like cutting off dead roots for this very reason.
I understand there are specific clips you can use, but If I have a loose orchid which won't stand up, I put some rocks round it...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-29-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,069
Posted By bil
RO water lasts forever in plastic. It contains...

RO water lasts forever in plastic. It contains no nutriennts.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-29-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By bil
Winter rest usually means NO FERTILSER, not no...

Winter rest usually means NO FERTILSER, not no water.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 12-29-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,825
Posted By bil
As I say, if you widen your search away from the...

As I say, if you widen your search away from the garden supplies, there are other shallow containers that would do.

---------- Post added at 12:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:18 PM...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-29-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By bil
If the ferts are weak enough.. (I use 25ppm N)...

If the ferts are weak enough.. (I use 25ppm N) then you don't need to flush, just water well each time as Ray says.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 12-28-2017, 07:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,825
Posted By bil
I'm trying to remember. 3 years max, I think.

I'm trying to remember. 3 years max, I think.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 12-28-2017, 04:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,825
Posted By bil
Thank you. I have this one which is just a...

Thank you. I have this one which is just a garden centre NOID, but this year has finally got big enough to give me 5 blooms. Of course it then needs more space than an 8" pot would take up.
Forum: Potting & Repotting 12-27-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,825
Posted By bil
If a plant gets to any size at all, it needs more...

If a plant gets to any size at all, it needs more than 8" These paphs are all in 8" pots, and the leaves are already overlapping.
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