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"outside the box" tools, methods, etc.

This is a discussion on "outside the box" tools, methods, etc. within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I often use chopsticks to manipulate media amongst the roots when repotting as I dislike ...

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    I often use chopsticks to manipulate media amongst the roots when repotting as I dislike needlessly crushing/cracking healthy roots. I sometimes recycle deli containers as pots after putting holes in them for drainage.

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    These are great! Betty, I know you can add to this as well!

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    Yes, I can. Because I needed holes in different size plastic pots, My husband made something for me. He cut three different sizes of brass tubes, about an inch long. Then he fixed each of them to wooden dowels. I can now heat them up with a small torch, and make holes in the sides & bottoms of my plastic pots. Makes things a lot easier...Betty :-)
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    an easy way to hang plants is to get a piece of wire and fashion it into a clip to hold the pot in place (pot must have a substantial lip) and a hook to hold it up. i will post some pics later so you can see the process

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    I use the styrofoam...solid pieces... and break them up for the bottom of pots, as well as packing peanuts. For the bottom of pots, the lid from a lost plastic bowl with holes is great with phals as they like a little moisture to stay at the bottom after you water. I've started seeing mini phals coming with something similar in a solid clay pot. It sits a couple inches from the bottom. It allows a small amount of water to stay in the bottom and small phals grow like weeds with one in the bottom of a solid pot. I also use the same plastic lids to place under pots that I bring in so water doesn't damage my wood tables. One other natural...if you mount an orchid on the shell of a coconut, it's not only cool looking...they grow really well on them. Half shell...whole shell...fiber...coconut stuff works great.
    I like to re-use everything...recently I even dumped some nut shells into a mix to see how it would work.

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    Just be careful of nut shells - walnuts are allelopathic - they release a natural substance called juglone to eliminate any neighboring plants. It works like a herbicide.

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    interesting fact don, its like the ponga or tree fern. if you want to mount an orchid etc on one, either make sure there are other small plants growing on it, or leave it the hell alone. it works in the exact same way as the walnuts i think, but only if its young.

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    Wow Jordan, I did not know that......

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    Oh, btw, if you are a wine drinker or know folks who are (or even someone who works in a bar or fine dining establishment) wine corks work well either in the bottom of a pot or mixed amongst the media.

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    someone in our society mounted a catt on one of those, looks really cool!

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