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Repotting a Renanthera Orchid

This is a discussion on Repotting a Renanthera Orchid within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hmm hard to tell it depends on your conditions and type of orchids i guess. ...

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    Hmm hard to tell it depends on your conditions and type of orchids i guess. My
    Renanthera, Vandopsis, Papilionanthe, Luisia are all in leca and I water them daily
    exposed to full sun.... while my other plants, Paphs, Phals, Coelogynes, cmybids, Erias...
    they are also potted in straight leca and are watered every other day.

    But this is what I noticed, as long as the plant is not over potted.... its difficult
    to over water the plant since the media is very fast draining. The drawback would be
    is that nutrients are not freely available to the roots. I fix that by placing a few
    pellets of osmocote. I also have a Onc. Sharry Baby and Paphs in S/H and theyre doing great
    as well. Another drawback would be when the pot falls good luck picking them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delphiguy View Post
    Hmm hard to tell it depends on your conditions and type of orchids i guess. My
    Renanthera, Vandopsis, Papilionanthe, Luisia are all in leca and I water them daily
    exposed to full sun.... while my other plants, Paphs, Phals, Coelogynes, cmybids, Erias...
    they are also potted in straight leca and are watered every other day.

    But this is what I noticed, as long as the plant is not over potted.... its difficult
    to over water the plant since the media is very fast draining. The drawback would be
    is that nutrients are not freely available to the roots. I fix that by placing a few
    pellets of osmocote. I also have a Onc. Sharry Baby and Paphs in S/H and theyre doing great
    as well. Another drawback would be when the pot falls good luck picking them all.
    thanks randy

    i will try first with my ascocentrum to start with, or i might use the pumice which i still have a stock when i bought it for my sans

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    I tried nylon net around the top of my pots of Leca and found the orchids send their roots through the netting. Gotta cut it off the pot when you pot them up, but it does keep most of the Leca corraled if the pot tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    I tried nylon net around the top of my pots of Leca and found the orchids send their roots through the netting. Gotta cut it off the pot when you pot them up, but it does keep most of the Leca corraled if the pot tips.
    What a great and creative way of keeping the Leca pellets at bay.

    Like Randy mentioned earlier, what if you accidentally topple the container? Hahahaha! I can just imagine trying to catch and pick up the rolling Leca pellets all over the floor running in different directions? I had this hilarious experience once while re-potting a plant in Leca in my front patio. The floor there is inclined as it was originally designed to be a driveway, slightly tilting towards the gate and into the main street. Golleee as the pellets started rolling down and I was running with a broom trying to prevent the precious Leca from going into the street and I went out of the gate shirtless, neighbors were looking strangely at me! Geesh!

    I am wiser now and when I re-pot using Leca I do it within a large aluminum laundry basin to act as my catch holder in case disaster or clumsiness strikes again. LOL!

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    The only thing I observed regarding the kind of Leca that is available in the seed bank is that it appears not to be of extremely good quality because a lot of it floats when submerged in water. Each time I buy a new batch of Leca, it is my habit to dump them in a large pail to soak overnight and wash them with water to remove the harmful elements that might be present during its production. I notice that 50% of them float so it is difficult to wash them properly without losing some out of the pail.

    I read in the S/H section of this forum, it is mentioned there that the really good quality Leca should'nt float and they stay in the bottom as they suck up water via capillary action upwards towards the plant roots. That's why they mention there certain branded forms of Leca like PrimeAgra which unfortunately isn't available this part of the world. So I guess we're stuck with our own Philippine Leca (or wherever the MSBF sourced them from .... perhaps Taiwan or China????)

    Sometimes I would add a little organic, plant wetting agent to the water so that the LECA would imbibe the water more easily and more would eventually fall to the bottom.

    Just what I have observed ......

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    How about the hydrocorns bought at miura plants? They are kinda expensive. Is it worth the money?

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    Where/What is miura plants? Are these the small plants that I see complete with container and hydrocorns all packaged and sold at the malls?

    I think those hydrocorns look the same to me as the ones that are being sold in the seedling bank.

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    the dwarf ornamental plants seen at the malls are called miura hydroplants very expensive, they say that the pots are a special one, price ranges from Php 300 for the very small pot up to Php 1,600 for a 6" pot plants, according to the outlet that i ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyong View Post
    the dwarf ornamental plants seen at the malls are called miura hydroplants very expensive, they say that the pots are a special one, price ranges from Php 300 for the very small pot up to Php 1,600 for a 6" pot plants, according to the outlet that i ask.
    Ah yes .... those plants. Personally I think the pricing is really an overkill. I've seen some of those with just regular, ordinary plants that I can easily find in the commercial garden. I guess it's all marketing and/or commercial hype. The hydrocorns used are the same ones I see sold at the Manila Seedling Bank and I can get a bagful for less than Php 90. The pots though are specially designed in the sense that they are double pots. The inner pot is shorter than the outer pot and contains holes at the bottom which snaps into place at the rim. The outer pot has no holes and acts as a water container to keep the hydrocorns moist and to prevent water from spilling out. It's just a fancy design but the principle used is the same as the one discussed in the S/H thread. Of course the miura design is more aesthetically appealing than the ones presented here but I guess you pay for the design concept which like I mentioned earlier that I feel is kind of an overkill and expensive.

    Of course to the uninitiated general buying public this is a novelty and arouses their curiosity and interest and since it is being sold inside the malls, regular buyers would think "Hey! this is cool!" and they just buy, buy, buy despite the cost ..... you know, packaging and design does sell ....

    Cheers!

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    they are marketing it as a hyrdoplants suitable for office, to aide in cleaning the air without mess
    i was really amazed then when i saw it, and would love to buy one for my office desk, but when i learned that the price is beyond my reach, i easily left, thinking that there are more ways to have an office desk plant at a lesser price.

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