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Growing Phals (or other orchids) in a Saucer

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, ...

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    Default Growing Phals (or other orchids) in a Saucer

    As requested.
    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 :






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    Leptotes bicolor



    Laelia gouldiana




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    Phal. stuartiana


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    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.

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    Really awesome idea. I will be using this one. GREAT growing.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thanks for sharing this Eric.
    They really look great. I will try them out when I make some new orchid divisions.

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    Thanks for sharing. Makes good sense, I will also be giving it a try with some Phals.
    Good growing and Photography.
    Thanks again.

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