creative ideas to replanting orchids

creative ideas to replanting orchids

creative ideas to replanting orchids, Ah, that our growing areas, hardware and structures would be like those in a book of perfect culture, Life and nature often intervene. Most of us do not live with MacGyver, but with a little thinking out of the box, most of us can emulate him.

The following quick cameos show you how to overcome some common problems. No doubt you have your own set of quick or temporary fixes for your replanting orchids.

Pots that dry too quickly :

A few people water selected plants more often or less often than the rest.

Most of us do not have the time.

ideas to replanting orchids

So what to do with those small pots that dry out so much more quickly than the large ones? Try placing the small pot into a larger one and surround the small pot with sphagnum, with a bit on the bottom of the pot as well.

It slows the quick drying and adds a little humidity especially if the outer, larger pot is clay. Or a 2-liter pop bottle with the bottom cut out and the cap left off also works like a mini greenhouse.

But be careful to make sure it is not in strong sunlight as it may warm up too much.

Pots : All sorts of containers may be recycled as replanting orchids pots when you do not have just the right-sized one.

Drill or cut holes in the lower sides or bottom and try yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers, take-out soup containers, cut-off pop bottles or even the bottom half of a well-cleaned bleach bottle.

They are not likely to last five years but your replanting orchids will be complaining about living in old medium anyway if you wait that long ! Drop them into a pretty ceramic pot and add a little sphagnum to camouflage the container when you show the flowers off at your local replanting orchids society.

Plant clips : You can buy expensive clips to hold newly replanting orchids firmly in pots or baskets, but crisscrossed small stakes or stiff wire pushed horizontally across the pot through drilled holes also works well.

A pair of curtain hooks (drill holes in the pot for the part that would be in the curtain) work to hang pots on a vertical wire rack.

Separate the hooks by about 15 to 20 percent of the pot diameter enough to keep the pot steady but not so much that the hooks do not reach the wire rack.

Growing trainers : I love my cattleyas but some of them still think they are living in a jungle on the side of a tree rather than putting out growths that stretch straight up like obedient soldiers at attention.

creative ideas to replanting orchids

creative ideas to replanting orchids

replanting orchids grow out horizontally

I cut a triangle out of an old plastic pot perhaps 2 inches (5 cm) wide and deep and shove it at a bit of an angle in front of the short new growth.

When it is at an angle, the growth elongates up this little slide I have built and is forced upward. Although the growth may not grow perfectly straight vertically, at least it will grow upward.

This is why I love Cattleya purpurata. They may be larger plants but the pseudobulbs and leaves bunch fairly close together and

[1] The author’s “work platform” pressed into service as a temporary sunroom plant bench.

[2] Wooden stake inserted across this vanda basket helps hold the plant in place until roots become well-attached.

[3] This large epidendrum is potted in a relatively small pot. Placing the pot inside another pot helps slow down drying as well as adding stability.

replanting orchids mostly vertically without training.

Benches : You have just built a sunroom or greenhouse and have not had time to organize benching.

Wood packing crates work well on a greenhouse floor or temporary outdoor shelter (raise them on concrete blocks to keep the rabbits out!).

I hate to admit it, but I am still using a “work platform,” which is a hybrid between a ladder and a scaffold, in my sunroom.

These are wonderful for standing on to paint besides using as a plant bench.

They would work well on a porch for the summer and are fairly lightweight, like an aluminum stepladder, and fold flat.

If you move frequently, you may find these just the trick.

The one I have is 16 inches × 48 inches (41 cm × 122 cm) and about 20.5 inches (52 cm) high.

You can find them as small as 12 inches × 36 inches (30 × 91 cm) or a bit larger.

I have my phalaenopsis sitting on specially made trays for replanting orchids but you can use any sort of tray to catch water : cookie sheets with lips, the top from an ice cream container, a shallow plastic sweater box, etc.

source : Orchid Society Magazine