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This is a discussion on stanhopea basket within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Currently my stanhopea is in a basket that I made with 1x1 inch hardware cloth. ...

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    Default stanhopea basket

    Currently my stanhopea is in a basket that I made with 1x1 inch hardware cloth. I posted recently asking for a solution to the mildewy odor from the moss that I used to line it. I was in fact given good advice. I found 1/2 x 1/2 inch hardware cloth a few days ago and am curious as to the size of a stanhopea spike. If I made a basket from that, then I would not have to pack the moss so much, thereby increasing air flow in the basket. Would spaces that size be adequate to allow the spike a good enough chance of emerging? Thanks in advance! Jason

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    Have you considered lining your basket with coconut fiber instead of moss? It works for me with the octagonal plastic baskets.

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    You need a space of say 1/2 inch for the spike to emerge - it's not the size of the wood which matters, it's the size of the spaces !

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    Thank you both very much for the speedy responses! Geoff, that is exactly what I have (to clarify, the measurements I gave previously were space sizes) ...and Michael, that was my plan for the new basket. I have a basket liner from some annuals out front that I am getting ready to rip to shreds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    You need a space of say 1/2 inch for the spike to emerge - it's not the size of the wood which matters, it's the size of the spaces !
    I agree, the 1/2 inch is minimum, but the bigger the better. you never know where a spike emerges.
    I use sheath moss to cover gaps in the wire basket, and sphagnum moss as growing media for my Stanhopea.
    The picture was taken yesterday.

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    I have several stanhopea orchids in baskets (wooden slat with 1/2" x 1/2 hardware cloth in the bottom) as well as in open baskets like the one that Nataliwind posted. No problem with spikes getting through.

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