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Phals in baskets

Post by Victor Gibso » Mon, 12 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Hello all

Looking for opinions on growing phals in baskets.
Opinions both good and bad and experiences on the same are
welcome. Also types of medias used, watering methods used
in basket culture.

TIA

Scott

 
 
 

Phals in baskets

Post by Venger's Orchid » Mon, 12 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hello all

> Looking for opinions on growing phals in baskets.
> Opinions both good and bad and experiences on the same are
> welcome. Also types of medias used, watering methods used
> in basket culture.

> TIA

> Scott

Hi Scott,

Take a look here: http://vengers.com/photos/phal.htm
The text accompanying the photo will give you my opinion :) -Rod-

Venger's orchids

Website http://www.vengers.com/
Basic Culture CD-ROM: http://vengers.com/demo/cd.htm

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Post by Syni » Mon, 12 Apr 1999 04:00:00


How did you get the orchid to cling erectly to the basket?
Synic
 
 
 

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Post by Venger's Orchid » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> How did you get the orchid to cling erectly to the basket?
> Synic

Synic,

The plant is actually sitting in it's original 2.25" pot. The root
system, all aerial roots now, you noted, I'm sure, also helps keep it
upright moving against the hangers if the plant should move. That root
system would easily fit into 6 or 7" pot :) The plant is currently in
bloom. If you want to see a pic, email me and I'll email you a photo.
-Rod-

Venger's Orchids

Website http://www.vengers.com/
Basic Culture CD-ROM: http://vengers.com/demo/cd.htm

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Post by MrAVen » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>Take a look here: http://vengers.com/photos/phal.htm
>The text accompanying the photo will give you my opinion :) -Rod-

Thats a lovely photo Rod... But I imagine that it would take intensly high
humidity to grow a phal like that... How humid do you keep it in your
greenhouse??
 
 
 

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Post by Venger's Orchid » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Take a look here: http://vengers.com/photos/phal.htm
> >The text accompanying the photo will give you my opinion :) -Rod-

> Thats a lovely photo Rod... But I imagine that it would take intensly high
> humidity to grow a phal like that... How humid do you keep it in your
> greenhouse??

Hi MrA,

Humidity in the GH varies according to season. In winter, 55-70%, 90's
after we mist. In the summer it's more uniformly high 70-90%. Misting
probably does the plant more good than the fluctuating humidity levels.
If you can do it, I highly recommend getting Phals out of pots and onto
mounts or into baskets. You'll never root rot a plant again..at least
not from overwatering :) -Rod-

Venger's Orchids

Website http://www.vengers.com/
Basic Culture CD-ROM: http://vengers.com/demo/cd.htm

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
 
 

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Post by Aaron Hic » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00



nuthouse long enough to ask:

Quote:
> Looking for opinions on growing phals in baskets.
> Opinions both good and bad and experiences on the same are
> welcome. Also types of medias used, watering methods used
> in basket culture.

        Some of the most healthy-looking specimens of Phalaenopsis
violacea I have ever seen were at Carter and Holmes orchids (in their
"look-but-don't-touch" greenhouse, which they kindly permitted me to
examine, despite my casual attire).
        What they did was mount the orchids in baskets- but the baskets
had their base perpendicular to the wall. The front was wired closed,
except for a gap through which the plant grew- this kept the media in, and
the plant growing the way phalaenopsis do in the wild. They were
spectacular, and I believe the plants there had reached the maximum size
for the clones of this species, with leaves 7-12" long (this was 4 years
ago now, so don't jump down my throat if you've seen one with 12-1/2"
leaves, OK?).
        One of the greatest advantages to this technique is that the
crowns of the plants are pointing down: water doesn't pool well, so they
are much less likely to rot. And, as anyone who has ever lost a valuable
Phal. violacea clone knows, these plants will rot at the drop of the hat.

        -AJHicks
        Socorro, NM

 
 
 

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Post by Venger's Orchid » Tue, 13 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> >Hi MrA,

> >Humidity in the GH varies according to season. In winter, 55-70%, 90's
> >after we mist. In the summer it's more uniformly high 70-90%. Misting
> >probably does the plant more good than the fluctuating humidity levels.
> >If you can do it, I highly recommend getting Phals out of pots and onto
> >mounts or into baskets. You'll never root rot a plant again..at least
> >not from overwatering :) -Rod-

> Well Rod, now you have me considering a new project.. But let me ask you this..
> Can frequent misting and watering compensate for somewhat low humidity??

AG,

What is "somewhat low"? The short answer is yes. A basketed Phal can be
misted as soon as those roots dry off. But you'd better keep water out
of the crown, just as if it's in a pot, it'll crown rot. Consistency is
the key. If you can provide that, I'd say give it a try. One plant first
to see how it works, expanding as you're able to. -Rod-

Venger's Orchids

Website http://www.vengers.com/
Basic Culture CD-ROM: http://vengers.com/demo/cd.htm

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Post by AGeary30 » Wed, 14 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>Hi MrA,

>Humidity in the GH varies according to season. In winter, 55-70%, 90's
>after we mist. In the summer it's more uniformly high 70-90%. Misting
>probably does the plant more good than the fluctuating humidity levels.
>If you can do it, I highly recommend getting Phals out of pots and onto
>mounts or into baskets. You'll never root rot a plant again..at least
>not from overwatering :) -Rod-

Well Rod, now you have me considering a new project.. But let me ask you this..
Can frequent misting and watering compensate for somewhat low humidity??
 
 
 

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Post by Ray Barkalo » Wed, 14 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I've had good success with phals put in sphagnum in fairly large
baskets.  The moss dries out enough to avoid rot, but retains moisture -
even in small amounts - well enough to compensate for times of lower RH.

The moss stays viable a lot longer than in pots, too.
--
 Ray Barkalow - First Rays Orchids  

     http://www.firstrays.com

 
 
 

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Post by Alynne77 » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>What they did was mount the orchids in baskets- but the baskets
>had their base perpendicular to the wall. The front was wired closed,
>except for a gap through which the plant grew- this kept the media in, and

or, you can wire the plant and a ball of sphag moss into a slat basket and hang
the thing sideways on a wall or fence.  
I have two wired onto a large cork mount with plenty of crevices for the roots
to work their way into.  draped with moss to help retain moisture.  they are
doing great!
 
 
 

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Post by Joel Tinsle » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>If you can do it, I highly recommend getting Phals out of pots and
into
>mounts or into baskets. You'll never root rot a plant again..at
least
>not from overwatering :) -Rod-

I took Rod's advise last year and tied a phal onto a piece of cork
bark.  It's doing great with once daily misting and weekly drenching
despite mid day humidity rarely rising above 40% here in SE Idaho.
I brought it in to work this spring, hung it from the ceiling and
had big white blooms cascading over my desk.  A good CD collection
and blooming orchids sure improve my Monday morning attitude.
 
 
 

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Post by Syni » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


What did you tie the orchid with?  Where did you get the bark?  How did you
mount your orchid at your workstation?
Synic
 
 
 

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Post by Joel Tinsle » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Lots of growers and nurseries offer hunks of cork bark for mounting
plants.  I got mine from Harry at Chula Orchids.

I tied the phal over a small pad of sphagnum  with synthetic sinew
from a local crafts shop.  The color matches the bark well and is
almost invisible.  I have mounted other plants with monofilament
fishing line, twist ties, plastic coated wire, or what ever is
handy.

I drilled a hole in the top of the bark and fashioned a hook from
plastic coated electrical wire.  There is a suspended acoustic tile
ceiling in my lab.  The plants hang from the frame that supports the
tiles.

Quote:

>What did you tie the orchid with?  Where did you get the bark?  How
did you
>mount your orchid at your workstation?
>Synic

 
 
 

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Post by Edward Southwic » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>nuthouse long enough to ask:

>> Looking for opinions on growing phals in baskets.
>> Opinions both good and bad and experiences on the same are
>> welcome. Also types of medias used, watering methods used
>> in basket culture.

I grow a few Phalanopsis as house plants, these I grow in the lattice work
pots that are used to hold aquatic plants in ponds. I think I get the best
of both worlds a pot to hold the compost and the roots get plenty of air to
their roots however much I water. The compost I use is the normal Bark, peat
mix that I use for my Cymbidiums.
Ted