Orchids on shells

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Orchids on shells

Post by Dusti » Thu, 25 Dec 2003 10:20:45



Hello, I was wondering if you could mount orchids on sea shells.  I
have seen some amazing cattleyas grown on big shells so I assume its
pretty safe.  I have access to an unlimited number of giant clams
shells (Tridacna sp) from a clam farm.  I have read that some orchids
benefit from some calcium supplimentation from time to time, perhaps
growing them on a calcium carbonte based material may help.

Thanks

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Orchids on shells

Post by Ray » Thu, 25 Dec 2003 11:10:15


Trying to rely on a substrate for nutrition is not advisable, as the
minerals are usually quite insoluble, therefore of no value to the plant.

If you like the looks, go for it, but still feed appropriately.

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> Hello, I was wondering if you could mount orchids on sea shells.  I
> have seen some amazing cattleyas grown on big shells so I assume its
> pretty safe.  I have access to an unlimited number of giant clams
> shells (Tridacna sp) from a clam farm.  I have read that some orchids
> benefit from some calcium supplimentation from time to time, perhaps
> growing them on a calcium carbonte based material may help.

> Thanks

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Orchids on shells

Post by Dusti » Thu, 25 Dec 2003 13:42:26


Yeah, I wasnt going to use the shells because I thought they would be
good for the plant.  I just wasnt sure if maybe the calcium based shell
would bother the roots.

Dustin


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> Trying to rely on a substrate for nutrition is not advisable, as the
> minerals are usually quite insoluble, therefore of no value to the plant.

> If you like the looks, go for it, but still feed appropriately.