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Can oak bark be used for Phals?

This is a discussion on Can oak bark be used for Phals? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have access to a lot of firewood, we use a wood stove. I also ...

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    I have access to a lot of firewood, we use a wood stove. I also have oak bark and other types of bark. Would it harm my Phals. if I used it to repot them when they need it. I thought I would steam clean it first. What do you think? Or, has anyone had any experience with any bark other than commercial bark? Thanks!

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    I have slabs made from a tree we cut down. You need to let the wood age so certain chemicals wood gives off when it dies are no longer present. And you will want to remove bark as it molds easily and hides pests from sight. I spray my mounts with antifungal on a regular basis as they can get moldy and a mess quickly. The dendrobium I posted today has a chunk of that wood we cut in the middle of the larger pot it is sitting in. So far both the epidendrum and dendrobium seem very happy.

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    Thanks, Connie, The bark I was thinking about is from dead trees that my husband and I cut and gather for firewood. So, I suppose that it is aged. I also was intending to steam it in the microwave to disinfect it. I just didn't know if the oak and other hardwoods have anything harmful in them. I know that pine has a lot of pitch in it. We have a lot of that too, but we don't burn that because it causes a lot of creosote buildup in the chimney. I was thinking that the hardwoods would last longer in the pots, but maybe it doesn't absorb water as readily either. Thank you for your input.

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    Would pH/tannins in the oak be an issue? I've used oak leaves/twigs droppings to lower pH in aquaria.

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    I have grown plants on both oak wood and bark, but prefer good old cork oak bark, as it is far more durable, long-term.

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