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multiple plants, one pot

This is a discussion on multiple plants, one pot within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I haven't considered doing this before, but I have a slew of phals on order ...

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    I haven't considered doing this before, but I have a slew of phals on order that are scheduled to arrive in about a week. They will all arrive bare-root so I will have to pot them immediately. What do you guys think about potting multiple phals in one pot, specifically a long, narrow pot with the phals lined up like a toy train. Is this a bad idea? What might I expect from three or four plants in such close proximity? Any discussion on the idea would be helpful. Thanks,
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    Well, I'm not representing myself as any kind of expert, but I have been doing this from the very beginning and haven't seen any big problems. Almost all of my phals are planted two of the same kind to a pot without any trouble so far, and I get big lush displays when they bloom. One problem is that they are a little harder to water properly because there are more leaves, etc., in the way--but no biggie.

    Here's a pic of some paphs I have done this way; they have been blooming and putting on new growths like crazy. I call this picture "the confrontation" LOL
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    I love your new avatar Kitty.

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    I love that photo! Quite a confrontation it is. Thanks for the input. Your paphs look amazing.
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    I have a few Phals. that way they are in hanging baskets .. Wonder who is winning the Paph. argument Gin

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    Seems like it would work. Just have to keep the tags close to the correct plant if they are different.

    Llynda, those paphs look like they are fighting for the pot! Maybe they should be in the Orchid Soap story as a new character.....hehehehhehe

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    The plants will compete and therefore increase the vigor, but that will kind of only benifeit the stronger one. The other thing is, root to pot space ratio. You dont want to put a phal with a few roots in a pot thats going to hold 2-3 times more media than roots.

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    Lynda's pic is definitely material for our soap! So get going, Lynda!

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    Here is one of the hanging pots with 2 Phals in it . Gin
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