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Basket of phals

This is a discussion on Basket of phals within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This should drive some of you orchid-purists crazy. Here's a pic of my most recent ...

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    This should drive some of you orchid-purists crazy. Here's a pic of my most recent potting. It has three NOID phals in one basket. All three were rescues that I have been nursing for a few months. They look like they are happy in their little compound, regardless of the desegregation. I'd love to get blooms on all three at the same time...then I could totally drive the obsessive compulsive members nutty. Love the basket though.
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    I'm loving the basket too! Do you make your own?

    I'm not a purist, so I think it's a great idea, and why not eh?

    I have only ever seen baskets at the RHS show and they were incredibly small and horrid looking. So even though I have seen how popular they are with the forum members, because of the lack of decent supplied I have not been convinced to get my own over here

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    I think that's a fantastic idea!! It looks really, really cool! Actually, now that I think about it, putting the phals in a basket might help solve my lack-of-space issue....if I put them in a basket like this and hung them from the ceiling, not only would there be more space on the windowsill below them (For more orchids, of course!) but keeping them potted together might help with group humidity!! Brilliant potting- thanks for sharing!! I might need to steal your idea, if that's okay with you!

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    I think it's going to be really show stopping when they bloom! I do this, too, with phals--only I don't have any baskets. I find it is a little tougher to water them growing like this, since I try not to get water in the leaf axels, but it can be done. I try to "blow out" the water that pools on the plant, like Diane mentioned once. I hope you will get lucky and all the plants will bloom at about the same time of the year. Phal flowers last so long, it does seem like a good chance they will be in bloom together. Post a pic when they do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    I think that's a fantastic idea!! It looks really, really cool! Actually, now that I think about it, putting the phals in a basket might help solve my lack-of-space issue....if I put them in a basket like this and hung them from the ceiling, not only would there be more space on the windowsill below them (For more orchids, of course!) but keeping them potted together might help with group humidity!! Brilliant potting- thanks for sharing!! I might need to steal your idea, if that's okay with you!
    Actually, that's what led me to baskets....I needed to be able to hang my plants so I could have more shelf room, and I just couldn't stomach those hooks that latch onto plastic pots. (actually, its the plastic pot I can't take...the hooks are just a side note) so I started using baskets and fell in love. I use hemp thread to hang them because hemp thread can get wet and still stay strong. To water, I just dunk them into the sink, so I don't really have to worry about water getting into the center of the phal. I water from the bottom up! Anyway, thanks for all the kind words!

    Oh, I usually buy my baskets off ebay. You can find tons of them there. Though I've recently considered making my own. It can't be hard. Twenty sticks, four long nails, four loops....cheesecake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera View Post
    I find it is a little tougher to water them growing like this, since I try not to get water in the leaf axels, but it can be done. I try to "blow out" the water that pools on the plant, like Diane mentioned once.
    Usually, when I get water in the leaf axels of the phals, I just take the corner of a paper towel and stick it down there- it wicks the water right up, no problem!

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    The only thing I would have suggested differently is to plant them a little offset from each other, rather than in a straight line. It gives the eye just a little more to look at and keeps them busy. Maybe you did that and the picture just does not show it well?

    Baskets are cool, but when I needed more room I just cleared the spare bedroom and converted it to a plant conservatory!!! Renee loves sitting in there. Still need to add a sliding glass door for more light and outside viewing, but am waiting for the warmer weather first.

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    I think it looks very nice and saves you some space on those noids

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    I meant to ask before, Kitty: When you pot the orchids into the baskets, do you line the baskets w/ anything? Like Sphag matting? I was just curious; it seems like the media would fall out of the cracks in the basket if it was unlined...

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    Looks like a great way to free up some space

    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    Usually, when I get water in the leaf axels of the phals, I just take the corner of a paper towel and stick it down there- it wicks the water right up, no problem!
    That's exactly what I do too!

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