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White Crusties on roots

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by cathy, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. cathy

    cathy Member

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    I use rain water only so why am i getting white crystal looking stuff on the roots?
     
  2. DPfarr

    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    If you could post a picture it would help tremendously.
     
  3. Natureman

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    Are they healthy plants? ...root hairs?
    (I've seen roots do some really cool things that I never would have expected when they get happy!)
     
  4. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    There are several potential sources of buildup within media, and the water supply is just one.

    Additionally, fertilizer, plant waste products, and substances extracted from the potting medium itself can all get deposited at the surface as the water evaporates.
     
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    thanks ray, i am using leica and growing in semi-hydro. rainwater only, maybe not enough pressure to really wash off the roots each time. any idea as to how to get rid of it? q tips in something?
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Without you telling us more about your feeding regimen, how you prepared the LECA, etc., we cannot say what the stuff might be, let alone how to get did of it.

    Also, if you can increase the humidity in the growing area, evaporation wil slow, and any buildup will take much longer to occur.