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This is a discussion on going vertical within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I have a strangely sited home considering that I live a few miles north of ...

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    I have a strangely sited home considering that I live a few miles north of Boston, MA where it's cold in the winter. Most of the Southern side of the house are not livable rooms, storage room, laundry room and attic. I really only have 4 windows on that side of the house and 2 of them are quite small. So not a lot of windowsill for growing plants. I've gotten creative in repotting my smaller orchids to maximize the space.

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    If you're wondering what it was originally, well here it is, yet another failed attempt at foiling the tree rats:
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    What a great idea! I'm curious, how do you water it without making a mess? Just take it to the sink?

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    That looks really neat!! How often do you have to water it?

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    Excellent idea, Martha!!

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    That's fantastic! Is that cocofiber you are using? Stuffed with other media?
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    Definetly a great way to save/ maximize space for whatever reason. Have constucted a few vertical mounts and briefly considered the bird feeder as a planter but realised the hassle in the near future of the metal rusting and collapsing shocking the orchid into sulk mode and possibly damaging it esp at critical spike time. Not come across plastic/ plastic covered wire types yet on sale my way and find it a hassle with shoping online with most things. Suprising and amazing what can be recycled and utilized for such a great idea/ method.

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    Cool idea for saving space, Martha. Nice looking orchids too.

    I just pulled my last lemmons and one remaining lime from my trees. Your look great.

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    No reason why it should not work, if the media is suitable. I have done similar things several years ago for bulbophyllum and coelogyne species that have long creeping rhizomes. I vary the 'stuffing' depending on the appropriate moisture level required for each species:

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    Thanks everyone. Yes, I take it to the sink and soak it from the top.

    The ummmm "squirrel proof" feeder - NOT - was on sale for $10.00 (US), it's about 18" tall by about 5-6", the wire is vinyl coated although I'm sure that the cut ends will rust a tiny bit. I cut the coco fiber into pieces and lined the interior and then filled with orchid medium as I inserted the orchids into their openings. Kept the spent pseudobulbs against the edge so there was plenty of growing room for new shoots. There is a piece of coco mat between each orchid plant as a sort of divider between them.

    The top unscrewed and the acrylic birdseed holder neatly lifted out in 3 pieces, no breaking or smashing to get out. This system as been installed for about 6 weeks and as you can see one orchid is in bloom and another has sent out a flower spike which is gratifying since it has already bloomed once this year and I didn't expect to see another bloom. Guess they're happy. Mounted orchids are really beautiful but too high maintenance for my tastes, there is no way I'll remember to hydrate them daily, they would all end on death row pretty darn fast under my care but this seemed a good alternative. I got them up vertical and I only have to water them every week to 10 days!

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    Matt - you can buy "powder coating" that you can apply yourself, usually in a spray can. You can also get latex stuff at an art supply store and rubberize your own wire cages. You can also spray paint a wire cage device you make yourself with a rust proofing paint. This is commonly sold at hardware and diy stores, I know you have a different name for that store in the U.K., but it's the same spray paint that used on outdoor metal garden furniture. Then you can spray paint the wire another color to match your decor if you want. There's no end to the possibilities of doing this on the cheap.

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