The ice cubes don't freeze the roots? I've kept watering mine rather than the ice cubes because I was concerned about damaging the roots. I have one that is in sphagnum moss and two that are in wood chips and I want to replant the ones in wood chips to sphagnum. I water mine once a week also. I have lots of house plants, and some are very, very old (like more than 40 years old) but orchids are the only flowering plants I have.
My daughter bought me a new one for Mother's Day... she said it's yellow. I can't wait to see it. I love orchids! I need to find a place where I can buy orchid pots - the glass pots that have a reservoir in the bottom so any extra water drains away. Two of my orchids, the ones in the wood chips, don't have bottoms.
The ice advantage is that there is no accumulation of water on the roots. I also have a flowering maple or abutilon with more red flowers than leaves. Forty cana which I expect warmer temperatures to be able to go outside and several colocasia. Summer is so short that needs to be more flowery.
The ice doesn't damage the roots at all? Or are you able to find a part of it where there are no roots? Mine have been doing really well, but I don't leave them sitting in water. I learned a long time ago that was a bad thing... not only with orchids but with all house plants. A plant will die quicker of root rot than it will of under-watering.
I don't think I've ever seen a flowering maple.
I LOVE cana lilies! If I had my way they would be all around the house. But after the drought and heat of last year and losing as many trees and flowers as we did, I'm not going to get into a hurry to plant anything until I'm sure the drought spell is over. Hugs, Anj
We could put cana directly in water without problem. And also colocasia. For the ice on the roots, the ice is place on a mulch. Ice, about a quarter cup of water per plant, melts quietly and is absorbed without accumulating at the bottom. Cana and colocasia require plenty of water. I plant mostly in pots and planters. For the floweing maple, I will find one of my photos of them.
Thank you for the info and for looking up a photo for me.
Okay... and with my orchids there is no place to put the ice without it touching the roots. I guess they need to be transplanted. I'll need to find some orchid pots before I do that though.
Canas grow well down here when it isn't so dry. The nice thing about it here is that we don't have to dig the bulbs. We just have to clear away the dead foliage and put dirt on the bulbs again. The bulbs tend to rise to the surface of the soil.
I had to look up colocasia. Elephant ears! Yes, those grow well here too and don't have to be dug. They are fairly common around here in shady areas.