Guess what, I have come across something that may interest you as an orchid lover. It is growing hydroponic orchids. What is hydroponics?
Well, it is growing plants without soil. There are different systems that can be used, but all in all they have the same thing in common. It is the use of nutrients - water mixture poured over inert substance called aggregates.
Here are some of the benefits I have found these growing hydroponic orchids:
Ease of use goes without saying. With hydroponic orchids, the plant is placed in a special pot and is surrounded by aggregates. More on types of aggregates at a later time. The aggregates will not only hold water but also can trap air. They also allow for more freer air movement.
After transplanting a plant into a hydroponic system there is nothing to do except add nutrient ladened water. Yes, that's it, water as needed according to the system you use and watch your orchid plants grow.
Taking The Guesswork Out Of Watering
I think the neatest part comes with knowing when to water and taking the guess work out of it. With growing hydroponic orchids there is no more wondering.. . Is this orchid dry enough to need water or am I giving it too much water. What are the leaves telling me?
The guess work is gone because the system you use allows you to know when to water. You could even go on vacation and not worry about how the neighbor or your mother will do with watering your orchids. Will they be alive when you get back?
No Soil - Less Chance For Disease
Because there is no soil being used and the aggregates are inert there is much less of a chance for the orchids to get disease. You do not have to worry about root rot and other diseases. So growing hydroponic orchids is the best world.
It's The Nutrients That Make The Difference
The nutrients used are the same as are usually obtained from the soil. They usually will come with the system that is purchased but may be but in any store that deals with hydroponics. The nutrients may be a bit more expensive then traditional fertilizers. You can get them either as organic or chemical nutrients.
Substitutes for Media
There are different medium that can be used in growing hydroponic orchids. There are LECA, Allflour, and Lava Rock amongst the most common.
Easy To Start
I have been using this a several of my orchids and have been impressed so far with the results. During the first month I used the "rooting" nutrients every 2-3 days. I filled the planter with the rooting nutrients and let the plant stand in it for about 1 minute, then emptied the nutrients back into the bottle for re-use. After the first month I then used the system with its watering indicator with "blooming" nutrients. It is so nice to use an indicator to know when to water.
I bought my system, the pots, LECA, and nutrients from Creative Hydroponics
Look At The Growth!
You will notice that your hydroponically grown orchids will grow faster and better. Usually there is between 30 - 50% faster growth. This is because the water used has nutrients that the plants love. The nutrients really enhance the growth of the orchids. You will see the blooms which can be larger and last longer.
As you can see with a system like these require a whole lot less maintenance for the orchids. It is a self contained system that is very easy to use.
Wow, I didn't think growing hydroponic orchids could get any easier.