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semi/hydro spills, bonnets

This is a discussion on semi/hydro spills, bonnets within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Tired of trying to scrape up escaping balls of clay when an s/h pot tips ...

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    Default semi/hydro spills, bonnets

    Tired of trying to scrape up escaping balls of clay when an s/h pot tips over? How about a bonnet for your pot?
    First, we'll need some supplies: nylon netting, some elastic or rubber bands, string or twist ties, and a plant in an s/h pot for our test victim.
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    If you sew, measure the top circumfrence of your pot, add half an inch to that total, cut a strip of nylon netting about 5 inches wide and as long as your measurement and sew a 1/4 inch seam to join the short ends together.
    If you don't sew, cut a 5 or 6 inch wide strip of nylon netting that is long enough to wrap around your pot twice.
    Wrap the netting around the top of the pot, or slip the pot into your netting tube. Secure the bottom of the netting around the top of your pot with elastic or a rubber band.
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    Gather the top of the netting around the base of your plant and secure with twist ties or string. Something removable so you can check your plant for new growth every week or two. Hook and loop tape works very well.
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    So far, this has helped me.
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    You can also 'fit' this type of bonnet to odd shaped containers.
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    You may have to use elastic around the container instead of rubber bands, but with a little innovation, it will work![ATTACH]Name:  twist tie resize.jpg
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    Remember, nylon netting comes in many differant colors. You can match the color of netting to the color of the blossom so you know at a glance what color the plant will bloom.
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    That would work for alot of types...not just semi-hydro. I'm guessing anyone with the gangly tall den's would love this too! Great idea...thanks!

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    wow great idea, thanks for sharing.

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    what a great thanks for sharing.

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    Fantastic idea!! I am sorely tempted to go get some netting now as I am a devil for spilling bark everywhere, I drop and knock things often due to my condition and this would be perfect to not only stop bark and hydroleca spilages but will help keep the poor plant in the pot when the unmentionable happens, You might just have helped save a couple of my orchids!!

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    very neat, good jobs cindi i will try that at home

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    Thanks, Cindi! this is a great idea. I hope you will consider turning this DIY Bonnet demo into an article for the article library here on OrchidTalk. It is as easy as copying your text and pasting it into the body of the article. You can also put all of your photos into one post that way since with articles, you can upload 20+ photos per article.

    Thanks!!

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    Thats a great idea.
    That might also help prevent some snails and slugs from sneaking into the pot.

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    Thanks for the great idea..

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