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Old 07-23-2022, 10:07 PM
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Do you ever flush the pot? What about fertilizing?
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Do you ever flush the pot? What about fertilizing?
Yeah I actually just let it soaking for like 15min - 40min, its pretty much all bark, coco husk and bunch of other hard to soak medium, and a little bit of sphagnum

For fertilizer I do like every 2 weeks with a 20-20-20 same

not sure what the recommendation is but feel free to add anything
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Yeah I actually just let it soaking for like 15min - 40min, its pretty much all bark, coco husk and bunch of other hard to soak medium, and a little bit of sphagnum

For fertilizer I do like every 2 weeks with a 20-20-20 same

not sure what the recommendation is but feel free to add anything
If you haven't already, check out Ray's site, First Rays LLC › Using Science & Logic to Advance Orchid Growing , and read through his articles on water and fertilizer. Very informative.
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If you haven't already, check out Ray's site, First Rays LLC õ Using Science & Logic to Advance Orchid Growing , and read through his articles on water and fertilizer. Very informative.
Roger that, science is key to optimizing growth. Love it
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HI. As Dusty Man suggested, there's a BIG difference between soaking and flushing and a good flush needs to be done as the literature mentions.
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HI. As Dusty Man suggested, there's a BIG difference between soaking and flushing and a good flush needs to be done as the literature mentions.
Where can I learn properly about flushing and the techniques?

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HI. As Dusty Man suggested, there's a BIG difference between soaking and flushing and a good flush needs to be done as the literature mentions.
From what I read, the flushing technique helps remove any build of fertilizer or minerals, so the next fertilizing wonít cause extra concentration to the feeding but I correct me if Iím wrong and you can add more to what I need to know, thank you
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First, what type of orchid are we talking about? (I suspect Phalaenopsis, since they are the most available). They really want "humid air" rather than "wet" so soaking is overkill, they really don't like being that wet. If your medium is something water-retentive like sphagnum, that goes double or triple. Flowing water flushes fertilizer salts and other crud, and also pulls air into the root zone. Bark has bigger air spaces, so it's harder to overwater. But still, flushing is better than soaking, to get that all-important air into the pot. If your plant is in the Oncidium group (that wants to be wetter), the goal is still the same, just use a more water-retentive medium such as small bark, or sphaghnum. Air is still the critical component.
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First, what type of orchid are we talking about? (I suspect Phalaenopsis, since they are the most available). They really want "humid air" rather than "wet" so soaking is overkill, they really don't like being that wet. If your medium is something water-retentive like sphagnum, that goes double or triple. Flowing water flushes fertilizer salts and other crud, and also pulls air into the root zone. Bark has bigger air spaces, so it's harder to overwater. But still, flushing is better than soaking, to get that all-important air into the pot. If your plant is in the Oncidium group (that wants to be wetter), the goal is still the same, just use a more water-retentive medium such as small bark, or sphaghnum. Air is still the critical component.


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Itís a bark mix with a bunch of other material
I have a question about flushing, how would you do that?
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Itís a bark mix with a bunch of other material
I have a question about flushing, how would you do that?
Take the orchid to the kitchen sink, turn on the water, let the water flow through the pot. Just maybe for 20 seconds or so. If you have more than a few, you can use a watering can or a hose, again water so that it flows through pot.
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