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Old 07-01-2012, 10:56 AM
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how do your anchor your plant growing in hydroton or other lightweight stuff?

I find that if I pot a plant in a lightweight expanded clay agregate it is easy for someone (usually not me) to catch the the plant and it just pops right out of the pot and has to be re-potted and all the expanded caly balls picked up.
Any tips on anchoring - put heavier real rocks on the top? or tie it somehow?
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:18 AM
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I, too, have that problem. I have a top-heavy Den that I steaked. It help slightly with stabilization. I had a Phal that always was popping out of the medium. I used a slightly bigger container & planted it a little deeper. I figure since the first inch or so of the medium stays dry, planting slightly deeper shouldn't hurt too much. On another forum, there was a suggestion to wrap the entire pot in that material used for rice at weddings. I don't know the name of it, and then tie it losely at the top. I haven't tried it, but it looked like it worked in the pictures. I think these are just the down sides to the LECA. But all my orchids love it once they get used to it & I like the easiness of never worrying about when to water.
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I tie them down with pastic tie. Alternatively, I mix LECA with river rock, which wheighs down the plant.
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I have two more possibilities.

1. Artificial roots--take a piece of wire (or two), bend it over the base of the plant and let it hang down into the LECA just like a root. It will help stabilize the plant.

2. Drill two holes on opposite sides of your container, at the level of the top of the LECA or just barely below. After planting the plant, put a wire or a bamboo stick across the top of the plant--and the LECA. This works really well, just like a pot clip that you buy but much cheaper.
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:24 PM
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i mix small pebbles in my medium
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I have a top heavy Den I tied down. I also stake my plants into it.
But I really love these ideas of DIY rhizome clips and wiring the plant down. I should try it with my Catatante Kileaua Karma. Large assets in the home continuously knock the poor thing from its pot.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:29 PM
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Some plants, even when established are still top heavy. For those, I just set the pot inside a bigger heavy clay pot for extra weight.

Cause picking up those little balls all over the place is a real pain. Just ask my kids.
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I agree with Renee. Set the pot into another for stability. I stake to keep newly repotted catts, dens, and many others from toppling until their roots can do the job. I use chopsticks and twisties for my staking jobs, usually two or three with a plant. Looks bad for a while so I always feel happy when the day comes that I can remove them. So many great ideas! Good luck.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:16 PM
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Rhizome clips (I usually just make them myself from wire) and clay pots. If that absolutely does not work - it gets pretty windy here and I had a plant that would not stay in a pot - mount the sucker!
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ok thanks for the ideas - I think I will go for using wire and fixing it when I repot rather than trying to sort it out after . Its just a little down side to lightweight material that I dont see comented on very much.
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