The debate on the best method for watering orchids has been hotly contested for years. As our name states, our growers have touted the benefits of watering orchids with ice for many years. And a recent study published in the American Society for Horticultural Science backs up what we’ve known all along: Not only does watering with ice pose no danger to your orchids, but it’s actually just as effective — potentially even more effective — than using water.
If you’re still skeptical, don’t take our word for it. Here are three key takeaways from the study.
3 Reasons Watering Orchids With Ice is the Right Choice
1. You Get the Perfect Measurement, Every Time
By using three ice cubes per week to water your orchid, you don’t have to worry about measuring out the right amount and ensuring you’re being consistent with your watering practice. In fact, you don’t have to worry about measuring at all! Your orchid will get the exact right amount of water — no second-guessing or measuring cup required — every week.
2. Your Orchid Gets a Slow Release of Water
As the ice melts, it provides slow nourishment to your plant, so you don’t have to worry about water collecting among the roots and potentially causing root rot. With the slow release of water — rather than one quick pour — your orchid can slowly absorb the liquid it needs, without getting overwhelmed.
3. It’s Efficient
As long as you remember to keep your ice cube trays filled, watering with ice couldn’t be easier. The only thing left to do it remember to do it once a week — and our watering reminders will help you stay on track.
Ultimately, your chosen method for watering orchids is exactly that — your choice. Regardless of what method you choose, make sure your orchid is getting the care it needs to thrive and bloom for years to come.
Researchers at The Ohio State University and The University of Georgia recently studied the positive effects of watering orchids with ice. Take a look at the results.