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Cedar Wood Damaging Roots?

This is a discussion on Cedar Wood Damaging Roots? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I made some Vanda baskets this weekend out of cedar wood and when I ...

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    Unhappy Cedar Wood Damaging Roots?

    So I made some Vanda baskets this weekend out of cedar wood and when I tried one out, all the root tips in contact with the wood turned black and died while the ones in the air were fine. Has anyone ever experienced this with any kind of wood? The wood is 3/4" by 3/4" square dowels that I cut to 5 inch pieces. I'm guessing that it may have to do with the manufacturing process and that some kind of chemical is causing this to happen. Heres a picture of the basket and roots.

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    I have never seen that with cedar wood. That must mean that it had been treated (it looks treated to me in the pictures). It must be fresh. I bought hardwood sticks for staking and I used it to make baskets and nothing like this happened. I have one Vanda barnesii in one and its roots are really happily winding the wood. Other than that, you did a good job. My baskets don't look as good as yours.

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    That is a shame! I always soak any kind of wood mounts I'm using overnight. I find that when young green tips contact very dry wood the moisture gets sucked out of them and they brown. Maybe its like when you repot into a different medium your roots often die. Air could be called a medium. Hopefully that is the reason and not treated wood. Hate putting time and effort into a project and have to do it over again. I think I'm rambling again

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    Dont worry the green roots still ok could be during the process of staking direct contact with surrounding made the green tips black. I also got the same problem but not the cedar woods.

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