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This is a discussion on Growing Phals (or other orchids) in a Saucer within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As requested. First of all, clay saucers are better than plastic ones. They dry quickly, ...
First of all, clay saucers are better than plastic ones. They dry quickly, they are more stable and it's easier for watering (I put them in a bath for 2 to 15 minutes if the moss is very dry).
Usually, I drill 4 or 5 holes (4 for the bonds - 1 also used for fixation- or 1 more for the fixation) depending on my mood. You just have to put a little water in the saucer, to use a tile drill and to be careful and gentle. Good luck if you try !
For mounting, I put a layer of sphagnum (like a dome) in the bottom of the saucer, then the plant which is attached with bonds. Finally, I press wet sphagnum over the roots and... miracle... the sphagnum doesn't fall out ! Then, the roots develop and fix the mounting. Sometimes, when the sphagnum is too dry, some pieces may fall out.
This photo showed is my first saucer (cracked !). Now, I'm a pro !
Here are some photo of orchids in saucers. It's possible to grow large Phals, such as hieroglyphica or lueddemanniana, but also Brassavola, Cattleya, Dendrobium... I really like saucers, the look of the orchid is very natural.
Brassavola perrinii (in a saucer since 3 years)
The same flowering this summer :
Gosh I am LOVING the saucers!! I can see me growing some of my platyceriums in some that are a tad larger. I love this idea.
Your photos are outstanding...beautiful, well grown plants.
Really awesome idea. I will be using this one. GREAT growing.
Those are beautiful! I think I will try this as well. Thanks for the info!
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Novel idea. Must try this out.
Interesting idea and the plants seem to respond well. I have been using shallow clay pots for phals, suspended with a single wire (tilted at an angle), so it is similar to this, but the pots are a bit deeper than the saucers you use.
Thanks for sharing this Eric.
They really look great. I will try them out when I make some new orchid divisions.
Thanks for sharing. Makes good sense, I will also be giving it a try with some Phals.
Good growing and Photography.