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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:43 pm 
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Hello orchid friends

Does anyone know of a UK supplier of the type of S/H pots sold on the 'first rays' website?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:01 pm 
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Hello orchid friends

Does anyone know of a UK supplier of the type of S/H pots sold on the 'first rays' website?

Many thanks

Dave


Hi Dave, No, don't think they are available, some I think have made their own. They are normal pots but with holes 1/2" up the side and not the bottom, the idea is that that the prima-agra/ clay media draws on this well of water maintaining a even moisture. Have you looked in to what may do well with this culture as it may not be suitable for what you are intending it for.
I have never been sold on the idea even though I have known about it when Ray first put it out there.

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 Post subject: Re: Semi-hydroponic pots
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My two cents:

I use standard pots with a saucer.

One of the problems I find with this watering system is the build of salts, detritus, algae etc in the bottom of the pots. With regular pots, and a saucer, I can clean the saucers very easily, and flush the pots through.

With the pots I made from containers with holes punched in, I cannot wash them through as thoroughly, or scrub the bottom clean until It comes to repotting time.


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I made my own from cheap ebay storage jars. Touch wood they have worked well to date for me. On Rays site he has an article about using an extract from Grapefruit seeds to control algea growth. This is available through health food shops but needs considerable dilution. I agree flushing through is a slower process but using this system has curbed my natural propensity to over water.


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I guess as long as the medium is right and the pot can sit in 1/2-1" of water then it is more or less the same as a proper pot. The only difference is the clay medium has access to water/feed solution all the time. I guess watering often without the reservoir of water and maintaining a moist medium will also work but could be more labour intensive. I have never used clay media so wouldn't know. I might give some plants a try as I sell a growth technology clay media I sell for use in drip trays etc that looks very suitable.

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Is there really anything about this?, been growing neps and orchids in inert meda stood in water for a very very long time, very little new under the sun.


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I make my own using plastic pop bottles, works just as well for nex to nothing in price.



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IKEA seem to be selling a few Semi-Hydroponic potting systems...

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/search/?query ... +plant+pot

I'm going to take a closer look at GR√ĖNPEPPAR next time I'm in there...

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I couldn't find S/H pots either.

If you tend toward 'DIY' then here is what I did ..

Get some food containers from the 'pound shop' (very cheap at £1.00 for 10) and some regular plant pots.

For smaller pots use the lids from your £shop containers and cut them such that the remaining circle will drop comfortably into the bottom of your pot. (no need for laser tolerances here - just a good approximation of the base of the pot)

(better if you have a whole batch to do) Run a bead of silicone sealant around the inside bottom edge of the pot an push your cut out into it (spit on your finger and smooth the excess around the base of the pot). Leave the silicone sealant to set (24 hours).

Drill holes in the side of the pot at whatever level you are happy with. say 2cm from the base for a 6" pot.

Yay ... S/H pot.

For larger pots simply take the, as yet unused, base of your £shop food container and drop it into the bottom of the pot - reservoir. If you are a bit worried about the depth of the reservoir created then simply drill some holes in the FC at the level you want before you drop it in.

At 10 for a £ you can afford to experiment for a particular plant because 're-potting' is a twenty second operation now that you are in LECA. You can even knock the plant out of the pot at any time to check on progress because they go back in with just as much effort and trauma as they came out (none). Clear pots work just as well and allow you to monitor their progress without the effort of tipping them out, looking and putting them back in.

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Hi Folks, I now stock a selection of Rays most popular translucent semi hydro pots.
Import has just arrived so i've just got to put them on my website when I get a chance, maybe tomorrow afternoon.

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I now have them listed.

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