An update on my orchid collection in semi-hydroponics as of August 2017
Note: In this video, I accidentally refer to No.18 as a “Bulbophyllum,” but meant to say “Zygopetalum”
Orchid Collection by Number:
1. No ID Phalaenopsis
2. Haw Yuan Gold Cattleya
3. Aloha Sparks Halloween Wilsonara
4. No ID Oncidium
5. No ID Phalaenopsis (Passed 08.13.2017)
6. Hawaiian Kapuna Paphiopedilum (Passed 08.09.2017)
7. To My Kids Dendrobium Nobile
8. Mystic Maze Banfieldara
9. Mom’s Keiki Phalaenopsis
10. Mother’s Day Phalaenopsis (Passed 08.24.2017)
11. Mendenhall Hildos Psychopsis
12. Ox Lottery Prince Phalaenopsis
13. No ID Phragmipedium
14. No ID Phalaenopsis
15. Sogo Yukidan Phalaenopsis
16. Dapper Dots Catasetum
17. Betty May Steele Carmela Ascocenda
19. Bulbophyllum Fascinator
20. Bulbophyllum Ambrosia
21. Pinocchio x Lowii Paphiopedilum
22. Maxillaria Tenufolia
23. Kristen’s Phalaenopsis (Passed 08.13.2017)
24. Miltonia Sunset
25. Epidendrum Green Hornet
26. Aliceara Stellar
27. Phragmipedium Memoria Maritza Rolando
28. Mini Cattleya Purple “Blue Hawaii”
29. Eulophia Petersii
30. Cypripedium Acaule
31. Oncidium Wild Willie “Pacific Bingo”
32. Clowesia Rebecca Northen “Grapefruit Pink”
33. Dendrobium Tangerinum
pH Down: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CJID1I4/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1504123134&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=ph+down&dpPl=1&dpID=41nphZVef4L&ref=plSrch
Relevant and/or Referenced Videos:
The Pseudo-Repot: https://youtu.be/eAQxegoFtec
July 2017 Orchid Collection Update: https://youtu.be/cnd10LG-Grw
June 2017 Orchid Collection Update: https://youtu.be/MJgXpHup5q4
May 2017 Orchid Collection Update: https://youtu.be/EsBBJy09QAg
My System Explained:
Glass Pots: https://youtu.be/h3PKt-UJjpE
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Root disease otherwise known as Pythium is a fungus that is present everywhere. Pythium is a fungi with a viral tail, so it has unique qualities in that it can stay inside of plant material. Whenever the plant gets wet, it can come out, breed, and reinfect the plant material. This is most common in recirculating water gardens.
The only way that we typically experience root disease in a drain waste garden is if we’re overwatering; otherwise we do not have problems with Pythium in drain waste gardens. In general, we are fighting Pythium when we are in a recirculating water garden.
Reservoir temperature is very important in controlling Pythium. It shouldn’t be above 65 degrees. We definitely do not want to drown our plants or we need to expose them to adequate amounts of air in the root zone so they have their own resistance to this disease.
How can we tell if we are dealing with root disease? One of the immediate ways to pay attention to this matter is to record water consumption. If we chart how much water our plants are drinking, we can start to see that our plants are drinking more and more water as they move into the peak flowering cycle. This is what we want to see: the more water our plants are drinking, the more food they’re eating, the healthier they are, the bigger the yield we are going to get.
If we notice that water consumption is slowing down, food consumption is slowing down, then we know our root zone is starting to become compromised and we have to take steps to get this under control.
In general, we would use a root disease preventative to stop us from getting to the point where we are experiencing losses in yield. However, if we have not been using a root disease control and we start to notice a reduction in water consumption and nutrient consumption, we have to take this matter very seriously and begin some series of rapid nutrient solution changes to remove the decaying root matter from the root zone. This is the substrate that the disease brings on, so we get it out of the system and generate new root growth, so we can get back on track towards achieving a maximum yield.
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