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    I have a Phalaenopsis that, after 3 months has started to grow. it's growing a new leaf and the roots are growing out the side of the pot. When I thought about repotting I remembered seeing an orchid in a thread that was growing on a skull. Can I do that with my orchid? I want to get it to grow on a Rotor.

    By the way, this is a rotor

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    Phals don't tolerate mounts as well as other common orchids and I'd worry about that rotor corroding and possible toxicity to the roots. Few orchids are adapted dissolved metals or the rest of the weird chemistry that happens on the surface of oxidizing metal.

    If you have to put an orchid on there, maybe a rupicolous Laelia is the best choice. They're lithophytes (grow on rock) and some are native to rusty iron ore hills in Brazil. One of mine ran its roots across a rusty steel plant stand while outdoors last summer and I had to sacrifice a lot of roots to bring the plant back inside. Be forewarned - they're small and are considered tricky. Mine are shy to bloom, but seem pretty bulletproof.
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    The rotor I wanted to use is powdercoated so there wont be any rust or corrosion.

    After lifting it out of the pot I saw that there is very little substrate to begin with. All there is is a big ball of styrofoam and some LFS surrounding it. If I were to fill in the hole in the rotor with LFS and add some around the top, do you think it'll work?
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    Think of it as putting a VFT in a metal pot... not to good is it? im sure the effects are quicker though.

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    for those that dont know powder coating is generally a ceramic that bonds with the top 1/1000th inch or so of the metal. metal that is properly powder coated WILL NOT RUST. ive got a rifle that is Cerekoted so it is a truely all weather rifle as its pretty impervious to water
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    Copcar will the rotor have any drain holes? It seemes to me that it will not and with it being powder coated then that means it will hold ALOT more water than say a clay pot. I know many people grow in plastic, but they have drain holes in the bottom. This rotor will it have any? If not I might now do it. You sure will nto turn the pot over though. LOL Heck how much did you pay for the phal? Not much I am assuming. So give it a try if you want. Nothing with orchids is 100% It may work, but I am banking it will not. I could be wrong though. Since the rules of orchids are not set in stone. You may get lucky. Although generaly phals do not do good in a mounted situation like rattler said. They grow that way in the wild, but its hard to mimic that environment eactly so the plants adapt to the envirnment they are in. It just so happens that they like to be in a pot that holds a little more water because they are not getting the 90% humidity and the frequent rain showers like the natural habitat. Again let the plant tell you if it likes it or not. If its growing fine when you mount it leave it. If it starts to decline after a period of time aclimating then repot it. Just remember that roots formerly grown in a pot usualy die when given mounted conditions and mounted roots usualy die when they are given potted conditions. The roots are the same, but something about what they are used to when conditions changes they sulk sometimes. Just keep that in mind when going from pots to mounts or vice versa.
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    Is the entire thing powdercoated or just the surface where combustion occurs? I'd be surprised if the interior is powdercoated because mechanical stresses are high and thermal stress is low there. That's a place for old fashioned metal, not new-fangled ceramic.

    If I wanted an orchid on a rotor, I'd cheat by finding a plastic pot to fit inside and grow the orchid in that. You can even hold the mix in the pot with mesh and hold the pot in the rotor with putty and hang the thing sideways. If you rig it up with something more advanced than putty, you'd even be able to slide the pot out for watering. It'll look like an orchid growing off a rotor and only you would know the difference. That would look pretty cool with a deciduous Dendrobium, like Dend aphyllum.
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    Yeah rotors are designed so oil can pass through them for cooling purposes so it has excellent drainage. Aside from the big hole in the middle, there are lots of other holes on the underside.

    The only bad part is that its about 5 pounds of cast-iron so it'll be a joy moving that thing around.

    So if my orchid is not a good guy to try and mount, what is? I really want to do this now so it would be cool if you guys gave me some ideas on what plant to buy.
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