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Styrene Tray Mount

Styrene Tray Mount

Some larger growing Vandas and Ascocendas do well if grown in a shallow styrene tray with the plant allowed to grow out of its original pot with the aerial roots attaching to the styrene wherever they make contact.

I have used this method several times now to achieve a specimen plant and it produces a very natural looking plant that is still reasonably portable.

Above: Vanda tricolor producing side growths from the base. The main trunk cannot be seen but is around 1.4 meters tall and now producing these 2 side growths. In this case I have used coarse grade Debco Bark to a depth of about 75mm with a topping of blood and bone in the hot months. This plant seems to love the extra boost.

Above: Vanda merrillii grown originally in a 300mm pot now almost unrecognizable in th tangle of aerial roots. Note the 150mm pot seedling also in the tray at front right corner. I also use a topping of blood and bone in the hot months.

Below: Vanda merrillii with Vanda tricolor in the background.

Styrene Tray Mount

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Fumes

Do you smell any fumes produced by the polystyrene box during summer? I think its toxic to the plants.

inert material

The styrene itself is an inert material which will not harm anything much at all.

I have been using it to great advantage for years as a crocking material in pots.

Its cheap, light and lasts almost forever with no breakdown.

Regards wellsy

HCFCs & HFCs

Not too sure about that one Ian. The ozone layer don't like it though.

Styene does release cfc's (fluorocarbon refrigerants HCFCs & HFCs) which used to be used to make them. Pretty sure they use other gases now

Regards wellsy