POTS (GENERAL): Use of the Best Size for the Plant

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Plants with a rapid growth rate require a considerable increase in size on repotting and not a gradual increase to accommodate an accelerated growth rate; too-small or pot-bound pots reduce the growth rate for the vigorous types because of insufficient water. AU84-199
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POTS (GENERAL): Sterilizing It's feasible to use a microwave oven if only a few pots at a time are done; use a temperature of only 180 dF for 30 minutes to kill harmful microorganisms; a better way is to place the pots in a plastic tub with a household bleach solution overnight. A86-1031 0
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POTS (GENERAL): Tipping Them Over Top-heavy plants are a problem unless balanced against falling over; an ingenious counterweight consists of a five to six ounce lead weight as used by anglers and obtainable from sports shops, attach them to the ends of four-inch lengths of stiff wire; push the wires carefully into the pot compost at the back of the plant and let the weights hang free; sterilization before re-using is recommended. OR80-157; RMH 0
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