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Old 01-10-2018, 10:27 AM
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That's a good idea!
Cheaper than buying them from the store new.

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Mine seem to be top heavy also. This is a good idea if they can be kept anchored in the wide, shallow pots. Mine have a tendency to topple and come up out of the bark. How do others anchor their plants IN the pots?



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Well that's good to know. I use medium size bark chips and it still stays moist at the bottom long after the top has dried out. That's the reason for making ventilation holes towards the bottom. Another good thing with wide pots is that they're more stable. Many of my plants are top heavy.
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I have found the easiest is to burn(plastic) or drill (ceramic) 3 holes near the rim , stake the plant, and use a wire or plant tie from the stake to each hole. Once all are in place, you can tighten them so that the plant is properly vertical. Once the roots establish it won't need those "guy wires" but it holds tall plants until they do get established.

With clay pots one can also use rhizome clips. They have a part that clips to the side of the pot and a part that extends across the pot to hold the rhizome.

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Old 01-10-2018, 11:32 AM
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I almost lost my first phal by planting in one of those pots
Since I couldn't see the roots I let it dry too long. . I am ready to try again and will add some sphagnum to the bark. They are nice looking. Roots growing through the holes were a problem as well at repotting time. I'm going to use one of my phals that stays wet too long as a guinea pig
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