Orchid Experiment: Water Culture

Today I wanted to share with you my experience of growing orchids in water culture. I had already heard of this method of growing before one of my viewers asked me for some advice. After talking to them about it, I have been thinking about whether it is a viable growing method.

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Mericlone vs. seedling orchids

It’s time to explore some more orchid terminology; ‘mericlone orchid’ and ‘seedling orchid’. There is a distinct difference between the two terms and both types of plant propagation offer different things. Whilst it isn’t essential for you to know the ins and outs of the different types, it is interesting to find out more about how our orchids can be propagated.

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Dealing with stem rot on a Phalaenopsis orchid

Occasionally Phalaenopsis orchids may fall foul of a type of rot. There are many different types that can affect orchids, but this time, we appear to be dealing with stem rot. At the base of this Phalaenopsis orchid there is a small patch of black tissue, which appeared after the bottom three leaves turned yellow and fell off. One leaf at a time is normal – but three? No.

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Stem rot has developed on this Phalaenopsis.

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Root loss on orchids – some tips on preventing it

Sometimes, you will have little control over root loss, particularly if the orchid was sick when you acquired it. However, there are some things that you can do to prevent root loss in orchids. So, let’s have a look at a few factors that can impact on roots.

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Native British Orchids: Green Winged Orchids – an exception, not a rule

As an update to the previous post about Green Winged Orchids, today I’d like to share some new photographs of these beautiful plants. My partner and I visited the same place we had previously, and found many more of these particular orchids, as well as a couple of bonuses…

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Close up of Green Winged Orchid

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Promoting root production on sick orchids

At some stage in your orchid hobby, you will come across a plant that has a diminished root system. This is something that seems to occur quite a lot with orchids sold through gardening stores, supermarkets etc. It can also happen to orchids that have been in your home for some months.

But how do you help your orchid grow new roots?

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Dino is creating a new root – a really reassuring sign I am providing the right care for him.

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