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RE: Interested in do-it-yourself vertical structures! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: tomintenn on 11.15.2006 at 01:51 pm in Vertical Gardening Forum

I grow needlepoint ivy as topiary specimens in 5,7 and 10 gallon nursery pots using 1/4 inch hardware cloth rolled into a tube. ("hardware cloth" is basically screen wire with a 1/4 inch mesh and is available at any hardware store) You can vary the size of the tube depending on how tight you roll it. After rolling to the desired diameter, cut the cloth along the vertical axis in a manner that leaves horizontal "tabs". Bend the tabs inward to secure the roll. Put heavy drainage material - I use medium size river rock - in the bottom of the appropriate sized pot. Next put the roll in the center of the pot and fill the pot with potting soil and tamp down. Then fill the tube with peat moss, compressing and tamping as you fill. As you near the top of the tube, place a plastic drink cup with large holes in the bottom, inside the tube and fill in around it with peat moss to hide the cup. Plant with any trailing, climbing plant. Water added regularly to the cup in the top of the tube keeps the peat moss moist without making a mess and facilitates aerial root developement and attachment. You will have to train "leaders" at first to get them started on their vertical journey. I use green, plastic coated twist ties for this. If the vertical tube will be very tall and you feel the tube needs additional structural support, put a length of large diameter PVC pipe inside the wire tube before packing with peat moss. The beauty of this technique is that the wire tubes can be bent and shaped any way you desire. Tubes can be made and placed horizontally to connect one vertical tube to another for an arbor effect. You can even make the letters of the alphabet! With a little imagination, the possibilities are limitless.

Oops! One word of CAUTION: USE HEAVY GLOVES WHEN WORKING WITH HARDWARE CLOTH!!!

Hope this helps.

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RE: Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: johnco5b on 05.31.2006 at 11:05 am in Northwestern Gardening Forum

We've grown many species of terrestrial wild orchids over the last thirty years. To protect from slugs and maintain the right soil conditions, we bury 15 gallon pots within a few inches of the rim. The rim helps keep out slugs, and the container separates soil requirements.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native Orchids

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