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Thread: Potted plants can't reach their full potential?

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    I honestly don't think this is always the case. Some orchids are definently an exception, I have seen orchids such as masdevallias growing in tiny pots while the plant it self is gigantic and is utterly covered with flowers. Like the pic below...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikefallen13 View Post
    I honestly don't think this is always the case. Some orchids are definently an exception, I have seen orchids such as masdevallias growing in tiny pots while the plant it self is gigantic and is utterly covered with flowers. Like the pic below...


    If that isnt full potential then I don't know what is!
    That's impressive! There are definitely some plants that like being root bound, like Haworthia. I think Tolumnia orchids are the same way. Natural environment is a key factor with this, and definitely worth researching. THis is why I grow some orchids mounted (nearly unlimited root space) and some potted. I know my giant N. rafflesiana is going to need a huge pot, along with N. naga (in 5 years). Smaller species probably like smaller pots.

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    I agree, some species definently like being root-bound and others hate it. I guess it's just a species dependent thing, but most orchids appear to like to be root-bound. And one more pretty amazing specimen plant...

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    WOW! I want my Paph to grow faster now.... How big is that plant?

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    Most orchids are tree-growing ephites so it's not suprising that they can root in such small spaces. One orchid rescue I got several years ago is about half as big as the plant above. Over time it has pushed all it's soil out to leave nothing in the pot but mostly roots! So far it doesn't seem to mind it.


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    I grow my Dendrobiums mounted and one just sits in a pot with no soil mix at all. They seems to LOVE it. I water them once a day.
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    The guys at the proboards actually turned this article into something constructive. Too bad we couldn't do the same: http://pitcherplants.proboards.com/i...d=11310&page=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by mato View Post
    The guys at the proboards actually turned this article into something constructive. Too bad we couldn't do the same: http://pitcherplants.proboards.com/i...d=11310&page=1
    Saw your post before you edited it... Pretty funny and true lol.

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