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Old 09-05-2018, 09:28 AM
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Has anyone tried growing their orchids bare-rooted in pots, without any kind of media (bark or leca)? I'm not talking about water culture either, where they sit in water for a period of time.
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It certainly can be done - I have grown vandas with no container whatsoever, just hung on a wire - but just about any plant will grow better if it is mechanically stable, which it does by attaching itself to a mount, or by sinking its roots into potting media and "gripping" the pot.
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Ray, I was thinking of using plant wires to secure them to the pots.
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That might work, I suppose, but you want to try to eliminate any potential movement.

The plant will still want to "anchor" itself in the pot, so will grow roots toward the sides of the pot. If there is any movement when the root tips are at the sidewall, they can get damaged, and may stop growing. That includes while watering...
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I have a Rhynchostylis and some strap-leaved Oncidiums growing that way now. I strongly recommend terracotta pots for the purpose.

I have also grown Cattleyas that way.
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