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cedar baskets for Phal Orchids?

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    Hi, all.
    I have been absent for a while, I'm up to 20 phals, but as always I come back to seek wisdom. My granson has made me some cedar baskets 6x6" and 4" deep. Is there any problem with using these for orchids? As to the size he is willing to make them any size I need, but before he gets ahead of me I thought I'd ask the experts first.

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    Shouldn't be a problem using cedar for baskets. I bet they are lovely.

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    Seems to me that it would love wood baskets just the same as driftwood. I am sure you have potted by now so you can answer that question for the rest of us who would like to know how well your orchids are doing today. I also stumbled across an old post of yours from 2011 about keikis that to this day I am surprised has no replys. You have probably stumbled upon the answer yourself but just in case the answer to that question is that orchids in distress will shoot off keikis as a survival tool. Once the roots are long enough they can be split from the mother plant and be grown as a whole new orchid.

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    Being in a basket, you may have to compensate for the rapid drying by increasing the humidity, increasing the watering frequency, or the use of a more-water-retentive potting medium - or some combination of them. In the long run, your plants will love the air exposure!

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    My orchids did do well in the cedar baskets and I did have to adjust the watering of them.
    I am now thinking of using burlap sacking as a potting medium as I am having trouble getting moss. I am using 100 percent natural burlap and have washed it. Does anyone have an idea on thisÉ

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    I haven't heard this before. I have heard of burlap being used with herbs and as shade cloth but not as a medium. It can substitute containers as a breathable/drainable material but I am not sure how it would work as a substitute for moss perhaps someone else would know and I can continue to look this up now that my interest is peaked.

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    I have just put two phals in the same cedar baskets you describe. I ordered three and dismantled one so I could make the other two a bit taller. I used orchid bark, coir fiber, a bit of sphagnum, perlite and some moisture retention crystals. I soaked the medium in a weak orchid fertilizer solution and then let it drain in a colander. I took a piece of burlap and laid it across the bottom to hold in the medium. Then I added gravel and some styrofoam. After that I fluffed up the damp potting medium and then very gently dropped it into the basket around the plant. It is very loose and airy. The next morning, I was surprised to see a new leaf on the existing keiko already! It seems very happy so far. I will need to keep an eye on it to adjust watering to possibly be more frequent than weekly. I've added a plastic tray under it with gravel, and have a mister going off once a day (off to the side, not directly over the plants). The cedar baskets are very attractive!

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