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Growing orchids on an olla

This is a discussion on Growing orchids on an olla within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I've been trying to grow a couple of phals on ollas. They're clay pots that ...

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    Default Growing orchids on an olla

    I've been trying to grow a couple of phals on ollas. They're clay pots that allow water to sweat through the walls at a slow rate. It takes 4-5 days for all the water to sweat out of the pot. After 2 or 3 months both phals have grown new roots and this one has grown two new flower spikes, but the roots stay just above the surface of the pot and don't attach to the clay. I'm thinking that I might need to let the pot dry out and maybe then they'll attach. Any suggestions?
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    I've seen this done on clay cylinders. They look very happy and they do seem to be attaching. I love the pots. I will have to look for a couple. Very interesting. Continue to post pictures of their progress, Jeff.

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    What a beautiful idea!

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    Jeff something is wet usually not suitable for the roots of orchids usually it wont grip the surface very strong and easily detach especially when it's wet, the best always put on the basket or wooden slab my opinion.

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    that is a neat idea and a nice looking mount, my only suggestion would be not to fill with water but wet the outer side of pot. If you are having the rain like I've been having watering has been a breeze this year. my phals are on tree fern and seem to love it, but they are rescues out of the trash from where I work, but I like the idea of clay thanks for posting this

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    hear my nopinion...dont fill d ola too much...water whole plant and leave an inch of water so as to raise d humidity and still a little capillary action kinda like a semi hydro...but dont full up the ola with water

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    Thanks for all the good suggestions. I think I agree that the main advantage of this setup is the increased humidity around the orchid and not the fact that the surface is wet. So I plan to keep the water level lower in the pot and see if the phal will attach to the drier surface.

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    Beautiful way to mount! If I can find a pot like that I may just have to try it.
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    Attractive set up and an interesting one. AL

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