Ten Steps to growing orchids without overwatering them

  1. With the exception of a few terrestrial genera (Paphiopedilum, Calanthe, Phaius, etc.) most orchids in cultivation are Epiphytes. They grow with their roots exposed to the air. Without oxygen the roots will die, the plant will die. Too much water eventually limits oxygen.
  2. If a plant looks shriveled inspect the roots before assuming it is thirsty, it may very well dehydrated, be but only because it has no roots left from overwatering.
  3. Use Clay Pots, Mounts and Baskets
  4. Small pots dry more quickly, don't overpot
  5. Switch to an inorganic potting media such as Lava Rock, Solite or Aliflor
  6. Provide additional air movement to help moisture evaporate more quickly.
  7. Keep an ample supply of bamboo skewers in your growing area. Before watering test several pots by sticking the skewer deep into the middle of the pot. If it comes out damp, don't water.
  8. Change the hose nozzle to a low-volume fogger
  9. Disconnect the hose and move it far away and invest in an automatic watering system.
  10. Print out this sheet and keep it in your growing area


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