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Old 12-14-2007, 11:53 PM
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OK catchy title but serious question!

I am getting ready to do my first viv and have looked at a bunch of other members pics and such. Some people are placing those plastic rib pots in their GS backgrounds to hold plants.

My question is does this allow the plant roots to drain very well or does it promote rot? I would like to mount some broms and orchids on my background but what is the best way? The pots in the wall or pinning bare root w/ sph moss around it to the wall?

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Old 12-15-2007, 12:22 AM
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If you are gonna put the pots in the background, it is best to drill a hole in the bottom of the pot and run a drainage tube down through the background into the false bottom. I have done this with 1 tank, but I prefer to just pin my broms or even better, make a hole for the stolon (sp?) and "plug" the brom directly into the background. With the bromeliads, I don't use any sphag. moss and they all have rooted quickly to the gs backgrounds and are producing pups. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:25 PM
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OK I am leaning toward the pinning method since I'll probably change my mind from the time I do the GS to when I put the plants in!

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Old 12-16-2007, 01:04 AM
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Ive found plants seem to grow faster (even epiphytes) when potted with a well-draining substrate. I use paper/cardboard pots made out of recycled paper - most nurseries have them. Already have a hole in the bottom, and I just shove some plastic tubing into them, then spray them into place with gs. Great thing is they are easy to cut with a serrated kitchen knife, so they can be trimmed to be flush with the wall, and by the time they decompose in the viv, the gs has shrunk and retains its shape.
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