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Old 10-28-2017, 01:31 PM
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I use a Dreml tool with a pointed burr to drill holes for my S/H containers. There is no way I would ever take a risk of inhaling burning plastic. The smoke is loaded with potent carcinogens. I would not melt plastic out in the open, either.
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I guess I got lucky-I've never smelled the melting plastic as I did it. I was down wind, but did feel a little guilty about sending that out into the environment, like when I'm behind those big trucks on the road that spew out that noxious dark smoke...
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The noxious dark smoke is not wonderful, but burning plastic is far worse.
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The noxious dark smoke is not wonderful, but burning plastic is far worse.
When I grew in SH, I had purchased several sizes of diamond drill bits, and drilled my holes in clear glass vases. It wasn't my drill, andI don't have one of my own, and so I bought a cheap soldering iron (as I now grow in bark and clear plastic pots) to add ventilation. However, I intend to pick up an inexpensive small drill just for the purpose of adding holes to my pots.
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ok, repotting with my ventilated pots or just repotting] has done it's work it seems. I have a flower opening up - instead of falling off!
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I do the same with my orchid pots. I concentrate the holes towards the lower third of the pot since the top dries out faster. If the orchid has a wide root system and needs a bigger pot to accommodate the roots without snapping them off I add packing peanuts to lessen the depth of the pot. I am learning to do what the phals seem to like.
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Yea you!
It's good when we can figure out these Orchid mysteries, eh?
I had not thought of the packing peanuts though. I've had to use bigger pots in a last minute potting situation [come one everyone, you haven't brought home an unplanned orchid?...].

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I do the same with my orchid pots. I concentrate the holes towards the lower third of the pot since the top dries out faster. If the orchid has a wide root system and needs a bigger pot to accommodate the roots without snapping them off I add packing peanuts to lessen the depth of the pot. I am learning to do what the phals seem to like.
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Hey, anything except shallow pots...
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The already pre-ventilated plastic pots I bought on Amazon were pretty sturdy to stand up to the leca/lava rock I potted my orchids in. But some food containers are extremely sturdy and I'm going to keep this thread in mind if I need more containers.
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The other things I like about using food containers was the square shape and being able to buy in volume [made the price go down].
They seem to like it too. I have new flower buds popping up!

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The already pre-ventilated plastic pots I bought on Amazon were pretty sturdy to stand up to the leca/lava rock I potted my orchids in. But some food containers are extremely sturdy and I'm going to keep this thread in mind if I need more containers.
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