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Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture Today, 07:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,098
Posted By Ray
My preferred technique is simply to rapidly fill...

My preferred technique is simply to rapidly fill the pot to the top and let it drain down to the holes. That flushes the medium, saturates it, and returns the reservoir to its original chemistry all...
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture Today, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 124
Posted By Ray
What I could see looks like it has sustained...

What I could see looks like it has sustained bruising and in some cases, a subsequent infection. The third photo looks like it just scarred over.
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture Yesterday, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 124
Posted By Ray
Looks like mechanical damage to me.

Looks like mechanical damage to me.
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture Yesterday, 06:40 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,098
Posted By Ray
Never just top up the reservoir. As the...

Never just top up the reservoir.

As the water is consumed and evaporates, the remaining stuff dissolved in it - fertilizers and plant wastes - gets concentrated. If you flush it at every...
Forum: Auto Generated Threads by Classified System Yesterday, 11:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 75
Posted By Ray
KelpMax/Kelpak - A Unique Opportunity

As you may be aware, the producer has asked that I now sell the product under their trade name – Kelpak – and that, in a couple of months, I will only stock Kelpak in one-liter bottles.

I just...
Forum: Outdoor Gardening Yesterday, 10:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 206
Posted By Ray
My wife would kick my ass if my indoor plants got...

My wife would kick my ass if my indoor plants got dew on them and dripped all over the floor!!!

Here, living 75 feet from an inland waterway, with the ocean a mile away, we often run into very...
Forum: Hybrids Yesterday, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By Ray
That is absolutely correct, which is why this is...

That is absolutely correct, which is why this is always a caveat emptor buying situation.

Hopefully, your first grower states Germain Vincent ('A-OK' FCC/RHS x 'Our Best' AM/AOS) or the like, so...
Forum: Outdoor Gardening Yesterday, 08:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 206
Posted By Ray
There are two conditions that must be met for dew...

There are two conditions that must be met for dew to form:

1) The air must be saturated. I.e., 100% RH.
2) The temperature of the object must be lower than the saturated air, so some of that...
Forum: Hybrids Yesterday, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By Ray
Varieties and cultivars don’t count in the hybrid...

Varieties and cultivars don’t count in the hybrid names.

If both parents of a cross are Germaine Vincent, its offspring are still Germaine Vincent.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 12-03-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,780
Posted By Ray
For watering in a greenhouse, the Mist-King...

For watering in a greenhouse, the Mist-King system is really not adequate.

Look at some of the micro watering heads available at “The Drip Store”. Stuff they sell, plus pvc pipe and a pump, and...
Forum: Orchids in the Wild 12-03-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By Ray
The correct spelling of the genus is arundina.

The correct spelling of the genus is arundina.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 12-03-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,780
Posted By Ray
Cover your water container, and you won’t have an...

Cover your water container, and you won’t have an algae issue.

What are you trying to accomplish with a misting system? Watering? Humidifying? Cooling?

In a greenhouse, I would think there are...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-03-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 188
Posted By Ray
The key to any repot is timing. The ideal...

The key to any repot is timing.

The ideal time for any plant is just when new roots are emerging from the base of the plant, but sometimes we can’t wait for that, as it means risking losing the...
Forum: Introductions - Break the Ice ! 12-03-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 165
Posted By Ray
👍Welcome!

👍Welcome!
Forum: Auto Generated Threads by Classified System 12-03-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 135
Posted By Ray
Probably about a year. More if refrigerated,...

Probably about a year. More if refrigerated, which is what I always do.

They are living microbes, and warmth accelerates their colony growth, so cool - short of freezing - is always better for...
Forum: Pet Depot 12-03-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 244
Posted By Ray
Condolences from here, as well. We’ve had to...

Condolences from here, as well.

We’ve had to do that several times ourselves. It always hurts.
Forum: Pet Depot 12-03-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 364
Posted By Ray
That just sucks. They are family members. ...

That just sucks. They are family members.

So sorry to have had to go through that, but there just comes a time when there is too much suffering.
Forum: Members' Displays 12-03-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 226
Posted By Ray
When I was a brand new grower, I picked up a $5,...

When I was a brand new grower, I picked up a $5, meter-long tree branch at a farmers market south of the Atlanta airport - it was completely covered with Encyclia tampensis and had been collected in...
Forum: Auto Generated Threads by Classified System 12-02-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 135
Posted By Ray
Inocucor Garden Solution

I used to be the sole North American retailer for the plant probiotic when it was produced in Montreal. Sadly, they ceased production in January of 2020. A European company - AlgaEnergy -...
Forum: Propagation 12-02-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By Ray
Fold them in a waxed paper "pocket", pad it with...

Fold them in a waxed paper "pocket", pad it with a paper towel to prevent crushing, and insert it in a sealable plastic bag to keep them dry.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-02-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By Ray
Keep it moist, very warm, very humid, and shady. ...

Keep it moist, very warm, very humid, and shady. Adding KelpMax to the water can really help, as well.

Invert a clear plastic bag over the plant and pot to trap the humidity. Don't close it.
Forum: Greenhouse Gardening 12-02-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By Ray
In my first "substantial" greenhouse, a 14' x 14'...

In my first "substantial" greenhouse, a 14' x 14' copy of a Turner design made with treated lumber and covered with 2 inflated layers of greenhouse poly, my "benches" were bread flats sitting on a...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 12-02-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,363
Posted By Ray
I don’t think “hardiness” should be equated with...

I don’t think “hardiness” should be equated with “cold tolerance”. Many Andean species routinely get cold as ice, but they certainly aren’t “hardy” enough for warm temperatures.

Orchids are...
Forum: Greenhouse Gardening 12-01-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By Ray
Great idea. In my home in PA, my "local...

Great idea.

In my home in PA, my "local inventory" was in a walk-out basement. Like you, I seriously considered a swap, using the greenhouse for storage and doing the growing under lights in the...
Forum: Greenhouse Gardening 12-01-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By Ray
Greenhouse heating up north is the single,...

Greenhouse heating up north is the single, biggest expense. I kept my 14’ x 18’ Turner greenhouse at a minimum of 55F in southeastern PA, and I was on a $400/month annual budget to heat it with...
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