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Grouping Phalaenopsis?

Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,900
I just rescued four healthy non-blooming Phalaenopsis from the GC for $1 each(!).  They are in that horrid moss/tiny ceramic pot situation.  I've got bark compost to repot them.. but at late o'clock last night I ordered two 8” wood slat hanging baskets for them.  My plan was to plant two per container, as 8” should be enough space for two full grown plants..  but in the light of day, I wondered if I'll regret it.  

Your thoughts?
Utah, USA.
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,055
    I think it depends whom you speak to. Some say phals like / don't mind being cramped as in the wild they squeeze into to tree crevices. Others will tell you to repot if the roots look squeezed. I choose a big pot because cramped roots make me feel uncomfortable. Lord knows how the orchids feel. A big pot, they say, makes root rot more likely as more moisture can be held. But phals seem to split growers quite acutely and give radically different advice on every point. You could try your basket and see what happens. I would say that if you are getting loads and loads of aerial roots after six months, then then give them a pot each.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,900
    Thanks Fire.. I have four others which bloom once or twice a year.. but that windowsill is out of space.. so I am going to try to hang these one's above them.  It's right above the kitchen sink.. and in our dry climate, it's the one place with light and moisture about.  
    Utah, USA.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,055
    They repot quite easily, so no bother to change the plan if it doesn't work. I like the idea of hanging phals.
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  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,900
    Hehe.. I will.. soon as A**zon delivers my baskets.  Wisley had amazing displays in their glass house using the baskets.. I'm trying to bring a bit of that into my kitchen.  😋
    Utah, USA.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,413
    Wisley in your kitchen ... now there's an idea ....  :D
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,900
    Wisley feels more attainable than Kew.  They have many varieties of orchids wired with a bit of moss all over their humid glasshouse.. 


    Lovely.. but a bit unrealistic for my kitchen.  
    Utah, USA.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,413
    Cambridge University Botanical Gardens have some lovely phals hanging in one of the glasshouses ... for the life of me I can't remember what sort of containers they're in ... another visit is due ...
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,055
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