Orchids forum: A different pot

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Jul 12, 2011 11:14 AM CST
I am going to fill this contraption with water, and see if an orchid will enjoy hugging the pot. Plain terracotta, stuck together with 'waterproof' caulk. The upside down pot ought to stay wet, hey? Spray on fertilizer occasionally.

I get so tired of orchids crawling out of pots! There just isn't a medium that they like here in the Caribbean.

I'll be posting photos as this project progresses. I'd rather have a sort of jug, but haven't found a plain terracotta jug yet.

I hope it doesn't leak, I'm letting it cure for four days.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jul 12, 2011 12:11 PM CST
You may be on to something. Have you thought about wrapping it with some coconut fiber? Keep us posted.

Jim
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jul 12, 2011 12:31 PM CST
I have one neofinetia on a turned over pot. Roots haven't stuck much. I'll be interested to see how this works!
Name: Ursula
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Jul 12, 2011 4:35 PM CST

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Good idea!
How about getting first some Moss growing on the outside. I heard of people chopping up Moss in a blender with Buttermilk or Yogurt, painting the mixture on the surface of the pot and setting the pot into a moist shady spot.
Once the Moss starts growing, it might be much easier to get a small Orchid established. Btw some unglazed/porous terracotta wine cooler or similar have also been used for this purpose.


Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jul 13, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Aha! I'll look for a wine cooler, but I bet they'll want a fortune, no el cheapo stores here.

Kathy, does the pot get dry?

I'll take the pot to the Botanical Gardens, where I do volunteer work taking care of the orchid collection, and set this in a humid corner. Hmm, am thinking too much... There are a few old pots awaiting a wash, that are covered with green, maybe I'll dry one of those and 'glue' it to a saucer. Seems weird that saucers cost so much.

Ok, will keep you posted. One of my pets at home. Brassicacatleya 'MaiKai', sweetly fragrant.
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 13, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Beautiful Melissa! Does it have a name?
My pot does dry out.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jul 13, 2011 12:41 PM CST
Yes, I'll dig out the tag and post tomorrow. It's pleasantly fragrant in the morning!
Name: Jo
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belaschick
Jul 13, 2011 7:13 PM CST
This will be really interesting to watch! Good luck Melissa
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jul 14, 2011 9:37 AM CST
I've been thinking, o no! The wine cooler sounds interesting, though a top would be kind of big, and roots might want to stick to it. The water must not be available to mosquitoes! I plan some sort of plug for the pot.

OK, my only catleya, no tag, booo. The photo doesn't do justice to the blue-ish glow these huge flowers have. Bought at a yardsale. The orchid in my post above is Brassacatlleya 'Mai Kai'.

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Jul 14, 2011 12:25 PM CST

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How very pretty! Lovey dubby
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2011 1:02 PM CST
You have some nice blooms there. Perhaps you could post them on our July Orchids thread.

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 14, 2011 1:11 PM CST
YA!
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jul 14, 2011 1:12 PM CST
The cattleya blooms in December. It's a rather large plant, neglected, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what my TLC will do this coming year.

I'll go post the Mai Kai right now!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 14, 2011 1:12 PM CST
Hurray!

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