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This is a discussion on box in a box within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; so I have a question. several of my orchids are in slatted baskets, which they ...

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    nabakov5 is offline Cecilia, You're Breakin' my Heart.....
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    so I have a question. several of my orchids are in slatted baskets, which they love. my research has indicated that when you have an orchid in a slatted basket, the best approach to repotting is to place the original basket into a new basket once the original begins to break down because the roots of the plant are so sternly attached to the original container at that point. here's the question....when I repot, I take the plant out of the pot and clean the potting material away from the roots to avoid rotting. If I'm repotting by putting one basket into another, how do I clean away the worn out potting material? won't the old potting material that is left in the original basket pose problems later on as far as fungus and rot-potential? how do you guys deal with this?

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    in this situation the old potting material is nit a problem as there is so much air around thatthe organisums that break down hace a lot hard job,hence we dont have the problems.Also in a basket like that they dry out so much quicker,and hence the organisums can not take hold.

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    I actually managed to extract an overgrown Phal from an 8" basket with little root damage. It took a lot of soaking and careful manipulation, but it can be done.


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    I do mine like Murray . Most of the old mix will sift out of the basket, if Spag. it can be plucked out without bothering the roots . Gin

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