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Gramm decision has me torn

This is a discussion on Gramm decision has me torn within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My Gramm Leopard is growing great in its clay pot. But after seeing Angela's in ...

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    Default Gramm decision has me torn

    My Gramm Leopard is growing great in its clay pot. But after seeing Angela's in a basket and thinking how heavy mine is already, I'm thinking to move mine to a basket. What would other forum members do?

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    If it ain't broke...dont' try to fix it. Or that's what my grandma used to tell me. lol If you have an orchid that is happily growing why would you want to repot it and run the risk of messing it up? I'd leave it....

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    I definately agree with Connie. I have two of them. One I placed in a basket and the other I left in it's pot with intentions of moving it to a basket but never got around to it. The one in the pot is now blooming with two beautiful spikes. The one in the basket is putting out a new growth but that is it. Both got the same care and light all winter and were put outside in the spring. I would leave it in the pot until it needs repotted then decide. I am thinking of moving my other one back to a pot----plus for the time being it will take up less space when I have to bring them in this autumn. Good Luck!

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    Ok, I will leave it be. I was more concerned about the weight of the pot (which is already heavy) becoming hard to manage.

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    With a top heavy plant, which your gram will be when it gets spikes, will make that heavy pot a blessing. You won't have it falling over every time the wind gusts...which in my backyard is a major problem. Also; one thing I forgot to mention earlier: When you see another member growing something in a basket, look up and see where they live. Often altitude, proximity to a coast or lake, and humidity makes people pot their plants differently. Also; for example myself, I am a heavy handed water-er. So when I pot a plant I tend to underpot or use baskets to offset my tendency to overwater. I even put things on sticks you would normally pot just so I don't ruin the roots, or that have had their roots rotting away and need more air. You will find potting a very personal choice thing that takes many factors into account.

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    I agree with Connie also. The only thing I would add is that the best time to make a potting change of that kind would be in the spring when the plant is just starting to produce new roots and growths.

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    Couldn't have put in better words than Connie
    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    With a top heavy plant, which your gram will be when it gets spikes, will make that heavy pot a blessing. You won't have it falling over every time the wind gusts...which in my backyard is a major problem. Also; one thing I forgot to mention earlier: When you see another member growing something in a basket, look up and see where they live. Often altitude, proximity to a coast or lake, and humidity makes people pot their plants differently. Also; for example myself, I am a heavy handed water-er. So when I pot a plant I tend to underpot or use baskets to offset my tendency to overwater. I even put things on sticks you would normally pot just so I don't ruin the roots, or that have had their roots rotting away and need more air. You will find potting a very personal choice thing that takes many factors into account.

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    This is good, you guys keeping me from becoming a danger to my plants!

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    I like connie's advice, with all the rain we've had in south florida I was tempted to try a basket. I get tired of them breaking their clay pots apart from the roots each year, but I don't have a tree branch strong enough and if I hang it from the side of my house I'm afraid the house would tip over or rip the roof off

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    hahahah, I severly overpotted mine when I heard that they can double in size in one season and that the roots break pots. Mine is in a pretty solid heavy pot with about 6" of growth room, the pot is 18". It has already put out four new pb since I got it earlier this year and another is growing now from one of the new growths!


    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    I like connie's advice, with all the rain we've had in south florida I was tempted to try a basket. I get tired of them breaking their clay pots apart from the roots each year, but I don't have a tree branch strong enough and if I hang it from the side of my house I'm afraid the house would tip over or rip the roof off

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