Ice Cubes and Orchids

The Oregon Orchid Society has a helpful webpage about the problems of watering orchids with ice cubes. They offer the same advice as me: don’t use ice with orchids! Their article debunks arguments made by the pro-ice set. Proper orchid culture doesn’t involve freezing. It includes thorough drenchings with room-temperature water and great drainage. Orchids watered with ice may survive, but they often don’t thrive. Many are in pots without drainage holes, and the frigid water from a few ice cubes doesn’t drown them. If your orchid is in a flowerpot with no drainage holes, then repot it into one with holes. Water it thoroughly, let it drain completely, and hold the ice cubes.

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  1. jackie Says:

    Thanks very interesting blog!|