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Old 06-19-2022, 06:49 PM
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I edited and rotated on my phone and got the same result - but if I do it on my computer it will work? I'll try that next time - oh, and this style board works much better than disqus or any other comment forum system I've seen. I've been on other boards using this back in the day and it's just about the best out there IMO.
It should work on your computer. Make change, save, then change back if you want and save again. My favorite freebie photo editor is Irfanview but any photo editor should do the job.

The Board software has its issues, but some things it does quite well, such as search - it contains everything that has ever been posted, so it is possible to find good information that might have been posted long ago. In fact, so good, that you do have to watch dates if you are replying to an old thread... most of the time, the people who did the posting are long gone from the Board. But the info can still be very useful.

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Most of the orchids you're likely to get are epiphytes - they are adapted to growing on trees. To quote Fred Clarke (Sunset Valley Orchids), "How well drained is the side of a tree??" So while different types have different needs for water, essentially all need air around the roots. (Wanting "humid air" rather than "wet") So... to manage watering to match your conditions, choose your medium and pot accordingly. First, use only pots with good drainage. If you want to place it in a decorative pot, take it out of the decorative pot to water, let drain, then you can put it back. Sphagnum has its place, but it is easy to get it too wet, or if it gets crunchy-dry it doesn't hold water at all. So take that into account. Will work well for your mounted plants. Bark comes in various sizes... small bark retains more water than large bark. So use that difference to make your life easier when it comes to watering time. Example... I have big yard and LOTS of orchids. Generally, I choose location based on how much light the plant should get, So, I may end up with plants that need to stay damp and plants that want to dry out in the same area. So... the ones that need to dry out get mounted, or put into baskets with little medium. The ones that need to stay damp get small bark. The automatic sprinkler system waters them all the same (like every couple of days in summer, maybe every 3 days in winter) But the ones that are mounted or in baskets are dry in a few hours, the others stay damp. All the plants are happy (getting what they need ) and so am i, not working too hard.

As far as figuring out what types need what conditions, that's the research that you need to do... the adventure of learning about your orchids. There's a lifetime of learning possible. (To me, that's a big attraction orchids, I never get tired of learning more)
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