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Old 07-28-2020, 08:52 AM
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There used to be a grower (online somewhere, years ago) that grew his cymbidiums in "cow patties" with great success. Naturally dried, but not composted.
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I grow them all in semi-hydro. Surprised, right?
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I grow them all in semi-hydro. Surprised, right?
What containers? How far up the sides are the drainage holes?
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I grow them all in semi-hydro. Surprised, right?
Not in the least lol.

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There used to be a grower (online somewhere, years ago) that grew his cymbidiums in "cow patties" with great success. Naturally dried, but not composted.
My dad is a dentist, but he also has a 125 acre cattle ranch, so getting cow patties would be very easy for me. And free. And I love free haha.

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So what I'm hearing is that Cymbidiums can grow in damn near anything, so I don't need to focus too much on growing medium. Just pick something I like, and they'll do just fine, yes?
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What containers? How far up the sides are the drainage holes?
Depends on the size of the Cymb. Miniature to Medium sized ones, a one gallon up to 1-1/2 gallon tupperware, holes about 3" or so up. Like the tall square storage kind.



The one monster one, a 13 gallon kitchen trashcan, holes about 5-6" up. (Not a very good picture)





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Oh, and one in a plastic pot, maybe 14" or so across, hole about 4" or so up. Or maybe it's bigger? I haven't ever measured.


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So what I'm hearing is that Cymbidiums can grow in damn near anything, so I don't need to focus too much on growing medium. Just pick something I like, and they'll do just fine, yes?
I think that's it! Being semi-terrestrial (I know someone who has one mounted, but that's another fun story...) they're not nearly as picky as the epiphytes. That, along with being root machines and tough as nails.

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Depends on the size of the Cymb. Miniature to Medium sized ones, a one gallon up to 1-1/2 gallon tupperware, holes about 3" or so up. Like the tall square storage kind.

The one monster one, a 13 gallon kitchen trashcan, holes about 5-6" up.

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Oh, and one in a plastic pot, maybe 14" or so across, hole about 4" or so up.
Holy cow, how much do those WEIGH? Since you have to move them into the Batcave in the fall, and back out in spring!
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Holy cow, how much do those WEIGH? Since you have to move them into the Batcave in the fall, and back out in spring!
They're actually really light. The trash can one, when I move it, I carry it to the stairs, turn around, I go down first and only take it down a couple of stairs at a time. Mostly so I don't fall down. I can carry it twenty or so feet before I have to sit it down for a minute.

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I don't think LECA is any heavier than bark. Maybe even less if the bark is wet.
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As an addition to Ray's cow pie semi-hijack... There used to be a family story about aunt Hilda. She used to come to the farm and search the barnyard for the"perfect" cow pie. It couldn't be too firm or fresh as legend has it she would put it in a brown paper bag and took it on the bus home. She immersed it in a 5 gallon bucket and made a manure tea concentrate. Years and years later we discovered there was no bus.
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My concern is the containers breaking while being moved with all the weight inside. I'm finding out some of my 2-quart / liter containers have become brittle even though indoors and not exposed to UV light. Most of the items you use don't have UV stabilizers added to the plastic.
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Some of same containers have been in use for five to seven or more years, inside and outside, and still going strong. I haven’t seen a problem yet. And I don’t see much difference in weight from bark mix to LECA.
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