Containers forum: Container for Orchid cactus

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Sep 14, 2016 7:45 AM CST
I have decided that my orchid cactus are getting out of hand. I took a couple of starts from all of them and want to plant them all in one container. Any suggestions for something appropriate? I've taken starts from 6 or 7 plants. I guess it would have to be large, but not deep?
Texas (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Sep 16, 2016 1:06 AM CST
Questions and maybe some answers:
Are your cuttings from the same plant? Hope you're not planning to mix different types (sorry, still don't know the correct terminology.) I just know that you don't want to mix, for example, an E. Bolero with an E. Oriental Dancer.

Are the cuttings rooted yet? Probably doesn't matter.

So if the cuttings are from the same type (genus? species?), yes you can plant them all in one pot. I'd suggest that you start with an 8" hanging basket. Maybe 10". As you probably know, most hanging baskets aren't terribly deep.

If you're on Facebook (or as I call it, the dreaded Facebook) there's an excellent group that has pictures, sales, trades, lots of advice, etc. The name is 'Epiphyllum, trade, sell, buy, open for all'. It is a closed group but an email to one of the admins will get you in. Try Svante Lundquist or Carl Bullock. Everyone is friendly and very helpful. And of course there are a variety of opinions on any question.

If you're not on Facebook, lucky you. But I will be glad to ask your question for you.

BTW, whatcha got?
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Sep 16, 2016 6:56 AM CST
Well, no, they are not from the same plant. That would defeat my purpose. LOL Just wanted to have one container with a couple of each in it. Variety, you know. Green Grin!
Texas (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Sep 16, 2016 8:46 AM CST
Might work. I certainly understand the desire to mix and match. I do know that I've read that it's not a good idea. I can try to find the reason.
I happen to have a large E. Hookerii that I could make bigger if I combined it with all of the broken branches that Ms Clumsy here has broken off of it. Instead I either start a new pot with some of the broken parts or I end up killing them.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 17, 2016 4:06 PM CST
It will eventually need to be hanging or supported by a pole or trellis. I'd go in one of those directions.

I think one might be advised to not mix'n'match named plants because they would be impossible to distinguish whenever they're not in bloom.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Sep 17, 2016 5:22 PM CST
I have lost the tags long ago.

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