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Old 06-23-2020, 09:55 AM
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i actually have another similar circle and i am going to make that a second thing that will hold some plant at some point


i drilled the shorter stone all the way through and PACKED the tubes with pre-soaked peat and perlite...it wicks like violet cord now and i can spray the top when i water the seedlings/micro greens that i start on these racks

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THANKS DC and WW!

DC -your lava dome reminded me of this Korean neofinetia mount that I came across before on Flickr but couldn't find until now



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Thanks for the suggestion ES, I just remembered that I have some sandstone drink coasters somewhere in the apartment.. ideas ideas
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wow! that is pretty awesome. i wonder if it is just sitting on the top or if there is a cavity in the top

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since i happen to have the other half of this rock and a neo just sitting in a plain old air-cone pot....
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okay, that damn picture has tainted my mind and i spent about 45 minutes burning through 6, 18v batteries and two masonry bits and i am about half way to where i want to be


i don't know if i can pull off the various elements i will need to make this work but that picture has simply stuck me in the imagination and taken root
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okay, that damn picture has tainted my mind and i spent about 45 minutes burning through 6, 18v batteries and two masonry bits and i am about half way to where i want to be

i don't know if i can pull off the various elements i will need to make this work but that picture has simply stuck me in the imagination and taken root
What about putting one on a coconut?
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they are not great for long term mounts.

i have found that the coir is great but the shells don't really hold up for longer than a year or two while my good 'ol cedar board lasts a LOOOOOONG time
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so i was inspired and made these little rock "pots"

Pings and wards by J Solo, on Flickr


they are pretty cool...

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Those look great DC! I'm actually so impressed you were able to drill through those without them crumbling to dust

Since pings have such little root systems, sometimes you can find lava rocks with pits and craters big enough to fill with a little sand/peat, then just sit the ping on top and don't touch it for a few weeks while it takes root
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Those look great DC! I'm actually so impressed you were able to drill through those without them crumbling to dust

Since pings have such little root systems, sometimes you can find lava rocks with pits and craters big enough to fill with a little sand/peat, then just sit the ping on top and don't touch it for a few weeks while it takes root
i was not technically drilling i suppose....i made a meager investment a while back in a set of diamond coated, carbide hole saw bits...so i used the 1" and kept the sprayer going as if i was cutting glass....surprisingly easy


these pieces of lava rock have spent the last decade plus being walked on in my back yard landscaping so they are extra "hardened"
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Stuff in a box by J Solo, on Flickr


i am not done but it is pretty close, i will keep it in the same place i did when she was in the plastic pot, at the top of the lath house but the other half i put on a cedar slab.....so much for convention! i have to go with what i like LOL
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