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Both, keeping a rest period (temperature, moisture) and watering is the biggest challenge in successfully cultivating orchids on a windowsill. Orchitop has especially been developed to keep watering as simple as possible, thus mistakes should be avoided.
- Watering from below (recommended for most orchids)
- Watering from above
- Watering by immersion
In the following description we have collected all important watering information. We decided to write a little bit more to ensure that you will find all informationneeded. We are not looking to scare you away with the length of the description. It is not as complicated as it seems at a first glance.
This decription is for organic mixes e.h. bark mixes. For culture in clay pebbles ((semi-)hydroponics) or Colomi orchidmix please refer to the special pages.
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Orchitop makes watering easy and flexible. Therefore, the most important thing is to determine the perfect watering time.
In any case only water when the orchid is in the gowth period and two criteria are given:
- Coster is completely empty and dry.
- Compost is moist (depending on the plants’ demand in regards to its general level of humidity) and not wet any more).
The moisture grade of the compost can be determined in two ways:
- By weight of Orchitop
- By color of compost
You can use this method with all Orchitop sizes, but it will work best with Orchitop M.
With Orchitop M and S, grab the pot with thumb and pointer at the Coaster. In case of a lot of water being left in the compost, the weight of the water will intensify the lever action and Orchitop feels heavy. The less water is absorbed in the compost the less heavy Orchitop will be.
Because of size and weight, please grab the Coaster of Ochitop L with two hands and lift it up.
The weight of Orchitop is at maximum if all water has been absorbed from the Coaster or after Orchitop has been removed from the water reservoir in case you choose to water by immersion. This applies to watering from above or below. You can use this weight as reference.
Once the compost has absorbed all water from the Coaster and is saturated with the maximum water level, it is dark and even seems to look shiny or humid. Over the next few days it will become brighter and brighter until it is completely dry.
Please water according to the desired humidity of your orchids and the colour of the compost.
The change of colour also depends on which compost you use. You have to individually decide if you can use the compost colour for indication of the humidity level. We highly recommend using weight and compost colour to determine the correct watering period.
In general NEVER water Orchids in Orchitop M and L in certain time intervals e. g. once a week, every 5th day, … because the water demand of orchids depend on many factors and change a lot during the seasons. If you water by time intervals the risk is too high that plants do not get enough or too much water.
Only with Orchitop S and already acquired experience you can water by time intervals if you are watering from above or below. Orchitop S has less capacity compared to Orchitop M and L, thus you need to water earlier. If you have a plant in Orchitop S, it is best to determine when to water by observing the colour of the compost. Orchitop S is much lighter and it is difficult to properly indicate the water level when lifting it up. According to our experience, you can water Orchitop S after 2-4 days once all water has been absorbed from the Coaster.
Please watch out for special watering requirements of your plant and please observe the water level properly, especially when starting with Orchitop.
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