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Oct 29, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tender Perennials Region: Texas Tropicals Winter Sowing
It's been awhile since I've posted on this forum. I ended up losing my phals but yesterday I found a Blc. or Rlc. on clearance. It's Prada Green Deluxe. I've never grown an orchid from the cattleya alliance. I it finally took it out of the pot and put it in a clear deli container, but after trimming lots of dead roots, I think the container was too big for it. I'm hoping I can keep it alive longer than the phals. Whistling
I gave it some Spray N Grow to help revive it.
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Oct 29, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Hi Cameron. Cattleyas need to be firmly anchored in a container or on a wood mount so that their fragile roots can grow and attach themselves. If the plant is moving around at all in the container, the growing tips of the roots break off, and this will eventually kill off the plant.

I'd recommend you get a wood slat basket, available at any garden center including HD and Lowe's for a few bucks. PUt it carefully in that with some wood chip orchid medium, and fasten it firmly to the basket so it doesn't wobble at all. You can use plastic twist ties or string.

They also need a lot of good light, so if you'll have it indoors for the winter find a nice sunny window for it, preferably direct sun in the mornings. They need a LOT more light than Phals do. Once the temperatures are dependably above about 55deg. outside, you can put it outside, gradually acclimating it to the sunlight. Again a morning sun, afternoon shade position will be good for it. You should flood it about once a week, running lukewarm water over the whole plant until it's thoroughly soaked and water runs out the bottom. Your Spray 'n Grow only has micronutrients, so please go get a little package of specific orchid fertilizer. Dilute to about a quarter strength and spray that on the leaves maybe once a week between waterings too. The Spray 'n Grow won't hurt, but probably won't help the plant a whole lot either.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Oct 29, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Amaryllis Hummingbirder Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plumerias
Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tender Perennials Region: Texas Tropicals Winter Sowing
Thanks for the advice Elaine. I'll keep my eye out on those wooden orchid boxes. It's been a long time since I've seen one at Lowe's or Home Depot. Now I mainly see the ceramic ones with the holes in the sides.

I have a south facing window that gets the best light in my house, it's mainly where I grow hoyas and epiphyllums. I'll move it there because it gets plenty of sun until late afternoon. I think I have a little bit of orchid fertilizer left so I'll use that along with the Spray N Grow. When should I start giving it fertilizer?
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Oct 29, 2017 7:54 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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I love those ceramic pots, but none of the orchids I've put in them have done too well. The Cattleyas really like something they can attach their roots to, like either a clay pot (you can get them with holes too) or the slat baskets.

I've also mounted some of my Cattleyas onto pieces of cork, but you have to water them way more often if they're on a mount. In a humid climate like we have here, it's good for them to dry out quickly, but I have a section of my orchid area that gets misted automatically every day. I really like the slat baskets best.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Oct 30, 2017 5:17 AM CST
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Amaryllis Hummingbirder Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plumerias
Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tender Perennials Region: Texas Tropicals Winter Sowing
The ceramic pots are definitely pretty, it's a shame orchids don't seem to grow too well in them. I need to look for a smaller clay pot because the only one I have is a 6 inch azalea pot which is too big for my new orchid. Your orchids look amazing in the slat baskets, I wish I had the room, humidity, and sunlight to grow a few like that. My area is gets high humidity during Spring but Summer and Fall are usually bone dry, otherwise I'd put my cattleya on a piece of cork or a cedar branch.
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Oct 31, 2017 10:28 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Once you get away from So. Florida it is hard to find things like orchid supplies. The big boxes have the ceramic pots, Better Gro mix, MG Orchid food and that is IT. I have never seen a wood slat pot outside of a high end nursery, where they cost and arm and a leg, or at a grower like Carter & Holmes here in SC.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Oct 31, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Amaryllis Hummingbirder Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plumerias
Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tender Perennials Region: Texas Tropicals Winter Sowing
I think the closest orchid supply and hydrophonics store is in Dallas which is still quite far. I used to see the wood slat pots at Home Depot but that was more than 8 or 9 years ago and I haven't seen them since. I went in an expensive nursery on the other side of town but even they didn't have orchid supplies. They did have a few moth orchids in ceramic orchid pots but that was it.
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Oct 31, 2017 11:27 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Cameron, if you order the wood baskets online from Home Depot and ask to pick them up at the store they will ship them for free. They're not too expensive this way, either.
https://www.homedepot.com/s/wo...
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Oct 31, 2017 11:42 AM CST
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Amaryllis Hummingbirder Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plumerias
Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tender Perennials Region: Texas Tropicals Winter Sowing
Thanks Elaine. I'll do that because today when I was opening the curtain, my hand bumped into my new orchid and I tipped it over. D'Oh!
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Oct 31, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Dang, you are good Elaine, that is a great idea. Sadly, I looked but could not find them on Lowe's site and we do not have a HD. Thumbs down
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Oct 31, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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Here ya go, Alice. It's all about what you type into the search box. I used "wood slat orchid baskets" and got a hit on the first try.

www.lowes.com/search?searchTerm=wood+slat+orchid+baskets
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Oct 31, 2017 1:43 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Did you actually see a slat basket on that site?

I clicked on your link and got the same 26 pages of beds,etc. that I had gotten when I searched. There may be an orchid basket in there but I don't want to have to wade through 26 pages to find it.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Oct 31, 2017 3:22 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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Yes, I just tried it again, but I had to "copy and paste" the whole thing into my browser line. (it didn't create a link Shrug! )

When I clicked it open, the page with orchid baskets appears first.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Oct 31, 2017 3:36 PM CST
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids Photo Contest Winner 2021
I used to use Repotme.com when I lived in NC. they had everything at decent prices
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Oct 31, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
That is super weird. I copied and pasted what you posted and there is nothing close to slat pots. I have no idea how to do screen shots or I would take one and show you. In the upper right hand corner there is always a box with info on my local Lowe's, this must be stored in the computer memory somehow. I suspect the baskets are simply not part of the products available for delivery to the local store. Maybe???

I'll look at the Repotme site, thanks Lindsey.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Oct 31, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Amaryllis Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida Irises
Herbs Region: Florida Vegetable Grower Daylilies Birds Cat Lover
That sure is weird. That isn't a link to my local Lowe's store or anything, I don't think.

Are you using Chrome as your browser or something else? I have no idea if that makes a difference but it might.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Oct 31, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids Photo Contest Winner 2021
One of the things I loved about Repotme.com was their custom mixes...you could ask for any combination and they would mix it all up for you.
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Oct 31, 2017 8:00 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Amaryllis Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida Irises
Herbs Region: Florida Vegetable Grower Daylilies Birds Cat Lover
I looked briefly, and Repotme didn't have the slat baskets, only the little slat rafts. A huge selection of plastic pots in all shapes and sizes though. Neat stuff.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Nov 4, 2017 4:58 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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You can order orchid supplies on line from at least three places. I have done so dozens of times from each one:
OFE International in Miami
Broward County Orchid Supply also in SE Florida
Green Barn Orchid Supply in Delray Beach Florida
All three have everything from pots to mounts to media to fertilizers to baskets to chemicals for fungus, insects etc. I personally have been dealing with OFE for close to 30 years! " If they don't have it, you don't need it" Rolling on the floor laughing I tip my hat to you.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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Nov 4, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Amaryllis Hummingbirder Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plumerias
Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tender Perennials Region: Texas Tropicals Winter Sowing
Thanks for telling me that Bill. I'm going to bookmark those orchid supply stores and look through them. Thumbs up

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