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Forum: Advanced Discussion Yesterday, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 334
Posted By Ray
If I’m not mistaken, those are “horse chestnuts”....

If I’m not mistaken, those are “horse chestnuts”.

When I lived in England, we’d drill a hole through them and insert a shoelace, tying a knot to hold it on. Then you swing them at another kid’s,...
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 102
Posted By Ray
The texture of the leaves may suggest your water...

The texture of the leaves may suggest your water is quite hard. Maybe what you’re seeing isn’t fertilizer salts, but excess dissolved minerals in the water.
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 173
Posted By Ray
What he said… The issue is suffocation, not...

What he said…

The issue is suffocation, not exposure to water.

See if you can find photos or videos of orchids in the wild. They are often dripping wet at all times. Even those with distinct...
Forum: Advanced Discussion Yesterday, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 259
Posted By Ray
Keith, The Norman’s Bay color saturation...

Keith,

The Norman’s Bay color saturation might be cultural, as well. I’m not denying possible photo manipulation, but plants I have acquired from Ed are quite true to the images he had posted.
...
Forum: Advanced Discussion Yesterday, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 334
Posted By Ray
Let’s not forget Georgia versus Georgia Tech. ...

Let’s not forget Georgia versus Georgia Tech. Tech even has “to hell with Georgia” in the fight song. That rivalry began in 1893, while the Michigan-MSU rivalry began 5 years later.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 09-16-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 334
Posted By Ray
You’re apparently right, although it was Bill...

You’re apparently right, although it was Bill that told me otherwise.

Shadeflower- I owe you a big apology!
Forum: Advanced Discussion 09-16-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 334
Posted By Ray
(Major Edit) Apparently, my pre-caffeine...

(Major Edit)

Apparently, my pre-caffeine rant was totally incorrect!

Please disregard the ass I showed this morning.
Forum: Advanced Discussion 09-16-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 334
Posted By Ray
MSU has a big horticulture department. I...

MSU has a big horticulture department.

I have spoken many times to the PhD who formulated it, and as I said in my K-Lite response, he insists that “they tried it and it worked”. Their experience...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-16-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 116
Posted By Ray
The scientific basis for K-Lite was various...

The scientific basis for K-Lite was various chapters in Marschner’s Mineral Nutrition in Higher Plants, Benzing’s Vascular Epiphytes, plus a bunch of anecdotal evidence in both related and unrelated...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-16-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 260
Posted By Ray
While beneficial microbes can and do predate some...

While beneficial microbes can and do predate some pathogens (hence my use of probiotics), carbon is the primary nutrient for all bacteria and fungi, and I know of no reason charcoal would favor...
Forum: Introductions - Break the Ice ! 09-15-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By Ray
Welcome, indeed!

Welcome, indeed!
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-15-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 260
Posted By Ray
ES is right about the “mineral-trapping”...

ES is right about the “mineral-trapping” properties.

“Activated” charcoal would be different, as the preparation and creation of it results is millions of ultra-fine fissures and pores that grab...
Forum: Pests & Diseases 09-15-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By Ray
In my greenhouse in PA, instead of trays, I...

In my greenhouse in PA, instead of trays, I suspended panels of rigid plastic under the shelves, angled so the runoff drained to the back, avoiding contact with plants below.
Forum: Vendor Feedback 09-15-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 385
Posted By Ray
VAT and taxation in general vary (literally) all...

VAT and taxation in general vary (literally) all over the map.

I ship KelpMax to a retail distributor in Canada, he pays a VAT tax on the product and the shipping cost!

For online sales in the...
Forum: Orchid Lounge 09-15-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 137
Posted By Ray
Fantastic breeding! No issue with insects, as...

Fantastic breeding! No issue with insects, as the flowers will eat them, and when the blossoms age, instead of dropping, they just fly away.
Forum: Pests & Diseases 09-14-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By Ray
While I suspect the change of cross-contamination...

While I suspect the change of cross-contamination is low, it is still a risk. Shadeflower’s suggestion of some sort of “riser” is excellent; many use the plastic grids sold for fluorescent light...
Forum: Auto Generated Threads by Classified System 09-13-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By Ray
First Rays will be CLOSED

Starting Tuesday evening, so if you plan on ordering, don't wait! We will reopen and resume shipping on the 22nd.
Forum: Catasetum and Stanhopea Alliance 09-13-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By Ray
Concerning the “rest” for such plants, it’s more...

Concerning the “rest” for such plants, it’s more about “no nitrogen” than “no water”.

I’d take Steven’s advice about the “hard rest” and just let it go dry, as I have no first-hand experience, but...
Forum: Advanced Discussion 09-11-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 762
Posted By Ray
The first question that popped into my mind was...

The first question that popped into my mind was “why?”.

That is certainly not a long-term option.
Forum: Hybrids 09-10-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By Ray
It's all about getting the plant to steadily...

It's all about getting the plant to steadily accumulate resources, then give it the proper triggers for spike initiation.

One grower I know in Costa Rica kept phalaenopsis between 85°-90°...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-10-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By Ray
If you have the room for it, consider a large...

If you have the room for it, consider a large basket and grow it on. The larger the colony, the more robust the plant will be, and the blooming will show for it.

Otherwise, there is no problem...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-09-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By Ray
How to Ask for Help

The discussion of “titles” and a few “help me” posts got me thinking about this, so…

Yes, we all have issues with our plants from time to time. With enough experience, we may know what to do to...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-09-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By Ray
From the registration application form: “ A...

From the registration application form: “ A photograph (print, slide or digital image) is a good way to support any application, but is required for primary crosses (those between species) and new...
Forum: Windowsill Growing 09-09-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Ray
Certainly bright, flat white will reflect the...

Certainly bright, flat white will reflect the wavelengths more uniformly, but I doubt it would be significantly better, considering the relatively low light level in the room.

I’d consider...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 09-08-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By Ray
The RHS is simply the registrar; they rely a lot...

The RHS is simply the registrar; they rely a lot on the integrity of the applicant.

if you make a cross and send the seed capsule to a lab for culturing, you do not tell the lab what the cross is,...
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