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Old 06-22-2013, 08:35 AM
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Potting without styrofoam peanuts?

In the past I use some Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of my orchid pots to aid in draining. My plants are outside, I live in Florida and we get a lot of rain in the summer. Does anyone have any suggestions of what else I can use I am trying to go more green. I have heard of using wine corks but not sure if they would stay wet?
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I use hardwood{oak}charcoal..left over from my wood only bbq.i rinse a few times and let it dry..
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Lava rock could also help.
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I use a handful of LECA
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I use lava rock. Not just for drainage, but also to make the pots heavier because I grow on a windy apartment balcony.
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In the past I use some Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of my orchid pots to aid in draining. My plants are outside, I live in Florida and we get a lot of rain in the summer. Does anyone have any suggestions of what else I can use I am trying to go more green. I have heard of using wine corks but not sure if they would stay wet?
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Hi Schoepp

I often use wine corks when potting orchids that like really good drainage. I have a few Cattleyas that I grow either in wine corks only, or in corks and charcoal. Corks and charcoal are also good for Vandas and similar orchids which require excellent drainage. Here is a link showing one of my plants in corks: http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/orc...ighlight=blaze

I make the charcoal that I use because I can control what it is made out of, and it is a lot less expensive. I make it out of hardwood, or bamboo. Here is a link for making charcoal using a small outdoor grill: http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/orc...r-orchids.html
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:35 PM
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I use a lot of gravel, either quartz or limestone. Costs very little, breakdown and decay aren't a problem, and the limestone probably has a mild pH-buffering effect. The downside is that it's heavy, but a little extra weight at the bottom of pots is usually a good thing.
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I like to use LECA if the pot is small and broken pieces of terra cotta if the pot is larger.
I've also used large pieces of charcoal in the past.

All three methods work quite well!
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i use lava rock for drainage and as potting medium
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Hi interesting question, unless you use a very fine mix I do not see the need for them
I have never and never do add anything extra in the bottom of the pot for drainage.
It all comes down to the mix you are using, is it too fine for the size of the pot and plants roots.

Why not just drill a few more holes in to the bottom of the pot or buy pots with good drainage hole in them
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Hi interesting question, unless you use a very fine mix I do not see the need for them
I have never and never do add anything extra in the bottom of the pot for drainage.
It all comes down to the mix you are using, is it too fine for the size of the pot and plants roots.

Why not just drill a few more holes in to the bottom of the pot or buy pots with good drainage hole in them
I use it when I over-pot slightly or don't have the exact right size or shape of pot. It also allows a bit more time between potting for those of us who are a bit lazy. :P
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