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questions about compots

This is a discussion on questions about compots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently purchased several very healthy catleya compots, yet have never delt with compots before. ...

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    I recently purchased several very healthy catleya compots, yet have never delt with compots before. How do you know when the little guys are ready to be potted out individually? How large do you let them grow before they get their own pot? Also, what thype of watering regime do you give the little guys? I have been watering them with the rest of the cids and misting the outside of the clay pot daily to keep up the humidity. One more question...what strength fertilizer do you use? I normally use 1/2 tablspoon per gallon of water. The compots still look great, I just always want more information about orchids!

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    Many people let them keep growing in compots until they start looking crowded. But if you leave them for that long, you're going to have a much harder time seperating them out and untangling the roots when you go to repot. There's nothing special about a "compot pot" except for its shallowness. In other words, there's no special benefit in having the plants growing all in a pot together; it's just done because it's convenient and saves space. If a seedling is ready to go from its flask to a compot, it's certainly ready to go into its own pot if that's what you choose to do, so long as the pot you put in in and the media you choose will keep the roots consistently damp but not soggy.

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    I have to disagree with you on one point Louis. It's been proven that there is a higher survivability rate when seedlings are in a compot as well growth rate being faster.

    I keep most of my Catts in a compot for the first year or two and pull out seedlings that have an exceptional growth rate during that time.

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    Hmmm. Do you know what would cause this? (I ask because I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever in growth rate between seedlings I've planted individually in little two-inchers or those in compots...)

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    err, I know you guys don't care about (Mike - just cover your ears) gesneriads 'n' stuff, but the compots grow much faster for them as well. Instead of 6 months to flower, the ones (the biggest seedlings) that were moved into pots solo took 12 months.


    Back to catts.. or actually laelias, I think... I have a question too. I'm doing catt compots for the first time and I have a couple in clay and a couple in plastic. The plastic stays wet forever, whereas the clay needs water every 3 days or so. They are both doing about equally well (not that I know whether these species are supposed to grow at the same rate), so I'm thinking of switching them all to plastic.... Does that sound ok?

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    Instead of 6 months to flower, the ones (the biggest seedlings) that were moved into pots solo took 12 months.
    Very weird. With the intergeneric oncids I've done here, there hasn't been a shred of difference. Now I want to know--is it a species thing? Is there some kind of hormone given off by the roots that would promote this?

    Ki, about your plastic vs clay, everything here is in plastic, so I would think that as long as you adjust your watering to compensate for the extra moisture retention, it should all be good.

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    I have no clue what causes it. Maybe orchids needs friends to. lol I have only read this and experienced it as well in several genera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Hmmm. Do you know what would cause this? (I ask because I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever in growth rate between seedlings I've planted individually in little two-inchers or those in compots...)
    I read somewhere that it has to do with humidity levels are better in the compots than if planted individually too soon. Of course, there could be a gazillion reasons, depending on your personal growing habits and conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persistence
    ...and experienced it as well in several genera.
    Ditto with the gessies. Happens with all genera that I've tried. Also noticed it with some shade perennials. Definitely have to watch for overcrowding, though - that'll set them back again.

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    I have no clue what causes it. Maybe orchids needs friends to. lol
    Then maybe it's because I keep all their little pots so close together they don't feel lonely?

    It must be a root hormonal thing with different genera. Definite research necessary here.....

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