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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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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


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