Originally Posted by betoguerrero
Iīve got lots of questions...?????
Iīm a Stanhopea lover... If you put that plastic around the baskets... itīs like a little greenhouse in every plant!!... what kind of plastic is it???
Itīs a very good Idea... the spike breaks the plastic easily...
I have many Stanhopeas but no one is only whit spag.... itīs the best media???... I try with Cymbidium media whit no good results : dry leaves and no flowers...
This weekend I try your theory.... If it works ( I think so) You are a genius!!!
Thanks Steve!!! MY Stanhopeas HERO!!!
lol Im glad I could help! I only put the plastic around my smallest baskets for my 2 Stans and 1 Coryanthes in 4 inch baskets. All my others are in baskets that are large enough to hold moisture for 24 hours. The type of plastic is the kind that if you press it to something, it sticks really well. The spike does not break the plastic, but it creates a really obvious "bump." Then I cut a small slit in the plastic and the spike grows through. I should tell you, however, that the plastic only goes around the sides of the small baskets. The bottom is totally free of plastic. I think if you wrapped the whole thing, your media would probably go sour. The reason I have to do this is because I have so much wind where I live and the humidity in Hawaii when its not raining is pretty low (in the 50's), so I needed to retain moisture in my small Stan baskets. As for the spagnum, make sure it is long fiber (New Zealand is the best source) spag. It lasts longer, stay open and is just generally better than other types. Have fun potting this weekend! I know its one of my favorite duties!