The planters – part 1

THE PLANTERS

When choosing suitable planters, it is often the individual taste that decides, but sometimes also the way of life of the species in question. This particularly applies to the terrestrial orchids, the specially made in tone- or plastic pots are cared for. With the epiphytes, the leeway is greater; it come into consideration:

Block culture
Clay pots, Plastikgefäße
Slatted baskets

The attachment on bark, Ast- or pieces of root according to the way of life at the home location is obvious. With many small orchids, this method alone is successful. So that the plants can grow undisturbed for as long as possible, the base is to be chosen permanently. Cork bark is very suitable; their condition remains the same for many years. Pine trees- or oak bark is less durable, but remains usable for years. Sections of tree fern trunks are well suited; Perhaps the best base due to its durability and porosity. Sections of old vines impress with their original growth; Pine roots from the bog are also decorative and durable due to the acidity of the soil and water. Oaks are also suitable for larger pieces- and locust branches, whose bark, which is as rough as possible, must be preserved. The assembly of the plants is described in detail in the section on transplanting.

The clay pot has – as until now – continues to have its full justification in orchid culture. Because of its low price, it is still used without restrictions, especially in commercial gardening or in larger collections. Special designs with perforated walls and bottom result in better aeration of the plant material than with the usual clay pots. Clay bowls of the same kind can also be used. Their durability is great; they can be reused more often than slatted baskets after thorough cleaning.

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