Using Ice Cubes to Water Orchids
Giving Your Orchid Plants a Chilling Experience
One of the challenges that many persons face is giving their plants the right amount of water whether watering plants that are directly grown in the ground or from containers many plants have suffered at the hands of those who are inexperienced.
Water is one of the key components to the survival of garden plants but if applied incorrectly such as under or overwatering can cause issues. I have heard statements over the years by persons saying they killed their plant either by giving too much water or just not having a green thumb.
If you’ve had this experience and would love to keep your plants looking as beautiful growing healthy just as you first brought them from your plant nursery then continue reading.
Dispelling this Old Myth
Many years ago I was of the opinion that the use of ice cubes on plants would do so much damage that it got to the point where I started telling persons not to place ice cubes on their plants. I would get really upset when seeing a person throw ice cubes on garden plants.
But now I am of a different opinion which we will be discussing hopefully you were not like me and if yes after this discussion I hope that your views would change also.
My Personal Belief
For years I carried the thought that if you placed ice cubes around a plant that it would give such a chilling experience that the plant could suffer shock and die but could it.
I guess I got that belief from persons that I worked with on my former job sometime back. But looking at it now after some research, I have come to discover that this is not the case in fact you would be doing your garden plants a huge favor by giving them few ice cubes although there are other views. Give this method a try and see if it works for you.
An experiment was carried out by using ice cubes on several orchid plants other orchids that were also used in this experiment were watered with room temperature water. What the experiment revealed was that the orchids which received ice cubes performed just as well as the orchids that received room temperature water.
Give your orchid plants a test run
Start with about three ice cubs per week and monitor, remember that ice cubes should be placed on top of the medium away from the stems and leaves. Water that settles in the saucer after the ice cube melts should be discarded.
The Benefits of Ice Cubes in your Container Plant
- When using ice cubes, as the water melts it moves slower through the soil giving the plant’s roots adequate time to absorb the moisture
- Water passing too quickly through the soil especially if the soil is extremely dry can move out of the root zone of a plant before it can absorb it
- Many times a saucer may overflow onto the counter or floor if given a heavy drink of water all at once. But there is an exception if the soil of a potted plant is so dry then a few ice cubes may not be of much help it’s better to take the container outside drench the soil allowing the water to drain off, and then return the plant indoors however your potted plant should never become this dry with the exception of desert-like plants.
The final word on using ice cubes
There are lots of arguments about the effectiveness of using ice cubes to water garden plants. While some have strong miss feelings about this method others are saying go for it.
When using this method however there are some don’ts to ensure there are no plant injuries such as ensuring that the cubes are at the base of the plant and away from the stems and the leaves.
Ensuring that the first few inches of soil are damp, don’t place ice cubes on the plant’s roots. While this technique is accepted by many it’s still best practice to ensure that the plant is well watered even if that means adding a few more cubes. You do the test and see for yourself if this is the best watering method for you.