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Missed Part 1? watch it here https://youtu.be/CLoSPdOWu2g

2. Just Add Ice shows me a tutorial on watering and we understand from this that we need to place ice on the crowns of Phalaenopsis orchids, see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9p2tdV2XOQ

The Orchid societies warn that water left standing in the crown can cause rotting of the tissue, damaging the plant to a massive extent. Learn more about it here http://staugorchidsociety.org/PDF/PhalaenopsisWhatCanGoWrongbySueBottom.pdf

Another Orchid Society warns about the same thing http://oregonorchidsociety.org/cultivation/orchid-pests-disease/fungal-problems

Us collectors have experienced this crown rot, here is what we went through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL0NKFF6Bj8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSod1YaCAnk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6tm65p29tk

Why would Just Add Ice advise me to perform such a dangerous technique without warning me about this possibility?

3. Just Add Ice says that Phalaenopsis orchids go through dormancy, this is shown by the limpy leaves, loss of color and luster, see it here http://www.justaddiceorchids.com/Just-Add-Ice-Orchid-Blog/bid/81354/Don-t-Throw-Out-Your-Orchid-It-s-Not-Dead
After this it will somehow return to normal and bloom.

The American Orchid Society describes loss of leaf perkiness and leathery appearance as dehydration, check it out here https://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=89
Also on dehydration they say this https://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=529

Collectors here on youtube seem to agree with the orchid societies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddc8VntVxMc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEo7smJROtw
It would appear the cause of dehydration is a loss of root system more often than not.

About the dormancy, the AOS never said anything about it in its basic care guide https://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=217
More over they say these orchids have no dormancy https://www.aos.org/images/img_content/newsletter_issues/may11.html

4. Just Add Ice orchids never mentions cold damage on orchids.

An orchid society claims that Phalaenopsis don’t encounter ice in their habitat http://oregonorchidsociety.org/ice-cubes-and-orchids
The AOS talks about cold damage https://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=123
Here is cold damage on leaves http://staugorchidsociety.org/culturepests-environmental.htm

Collectors seem to have had cold damage happen to their orchids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxPXWgkRAI

The Oregon Orchid Society advises me to NOT use ice at all http://oregonorchidsociety.org/top-ten-orchid-growing-tips

Overall, Just Add Ice, why do these people show me all these horrible things that can happen due to your advice? Do your orchids grow with ice in your greenhouse?

With respect, your customer who gave you money and loves your orchid.

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  • RDALE 2 years ago

    I’m glad you made this video . I myself purchased my first phalaenopsis orchid with this claim just add ice I almost killed it. Than I watched a video from Brad ‘ s Greenhouse and your’s on phalaenopsis orchids and I was able to save it thanks Danni