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Phalaenopsis experiment with styrofoam.

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    Question Phalaenopsis experiment with styrofoam.

    I have had this plant for at least 4 years now. It has seen better days. The last re-potting I put it in spagnum and while it did great at first it's not done well for awhile. I finally chopped it off at the top of the spag. and tried to pull it up to repot it. To my suprise roots had grown between the wall of the plastic pot and clay pot around and around. There was no breaking the pot or I'd be shattering the roots too. So...i've been throwing around the idea of potting something in pure styrofoam and this plant seems a perfect subject. I've placed it where it can get misted with the vanda's and mounted plants. We shall see how it does. Has anyone ever done this with any of their plants?? The species phal is thriving in it...totally thriving.

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    This phal had alot of roots, but mostly withered. Maybe the high humidity of the misting area will get them looking better soon.

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    Below is the species phal that seems to like the styrofoam only method...so far. I've never been able to grow new roots on a species let alone the nice fat ones this little guy is producing along with a new third spike. The original third spike had dried and has been cut off.

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    Hi connie. Yes have used stryo/ polystyrene and also rock wool ( for loft insulation) with success. These kinds of medias are when all else fails for tempremental plants or persistant root rot victims or simply pre empting probs with special specimens. etc. Have a Gramma Spec that has sent its roots right through the stryo/poly chunks without problems infact i think its agressive root growth will end up tearing the stryo chunks up. I have some of my mormodes and catas in stryo for ease and conveniennce and safe assurance against PB rot. They are all sprayed heavily daily. I think more or less everything and anything can be considered as media for growing orchids. I had a stanhopea tigrina growing in an old work boot for years and the hole in the boots sole served as its flower exit route. It had bubble wrap only as a plant root boot stabilizer to stop plant wobbling. It was the boot that gave way first due to rot! Looked fab though esp when in blloom.

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    Be watching to see how this works. Probably need to water daily.

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    I have a whole section now that gets daily or twice daily mistings/waterings depending on how hot it is and how windy it is. I'm glad to see someone else has done this with success. Thanks so much for the input! I will be trying a few others in styrofoam chunks now.

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    I'm watching this!

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    Cool Connie! Our mounted species phals seem to love being out of bark media, so I understand why your specie phals would love being in the styro. Looking forward to your updates.

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    Many growers use 50% sphag: 50% styrofoam mixture for adult and seedling plants. IMHO your styrofoam pieces are too big. Cut them smaller into 1-2cm pieces and you can top dress with a thin layer of sphagnum moss. Styrofoam by itself hardly holds any water. The leaves on your bigger phal (not the cornu-cervi) looks badly dehydrated despite having a number of healthy roots.

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