Controlling Difficult Orchids

Newbies Beware!

Contrary to popluar belief, orchids are difficult, cantankerous, and even dangerous! Don’t let any of the “experts” tell you otherwise.

However, in my humble contribution to orchid culture, I’ve discovered a method that will tame even the most difficult and dangerous of orchids — The Steel Cage!

Are you tired of those orchids that get out of control? Wander about all over your green house, or otherwise just can’t support themselves. Again, I offer — The Steel Cage!

Well, okay, maybe they really aren’t that dangerous, but how to take care of those orchids that climb? I’ve taken to placing them inside a wire superstructure that will support and also constrain their growth. As I’ve worked with several of these “Steel Caged Orchids” across the last several years, one of the biggest problems I’ve found it that the “Cage” doesn’t want to stay in the pot. As illustrated in the closeup photo, I’ve taken to wiring the cage into the pot (aviation types will recognize “safety wire”) using just about any type of wire that can be tightened. Once complete, you can also transport the orchid safely by grasping the cage.

Good Luck! Now let’s get those Orchids under control!Caged Orchid 1 Caged Orchid 2

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