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This is a discussion on Baskets and media within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering if charcoal is needed when growing in slatted baskets? Seems the level ...

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    I was wondering if charcoal is needed when growing in slatted baskets? Seems the level of drainage would prevent any buildup the charcoal would address.

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    what orchid you are planning to grow in slatted basket?. I have seen folks using only charcoal or fern blocks with charcoal in slatted basket. charcoal in my view is to retain some moisture and help in absorbing the toxins and hence there is some value in adding them. I could be wrong as I have not grown in slatted baskets

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    Here in my country, charcoal is the preferred medium for orchids in any container

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    Charcoal is nice for a couple reasons. The roots adhere to it very nicely. It doesn't break down. It also absorbs excess nutrients which can be good or bad. If you see white crust on your charcoal you might be overfertilizing or have a lot of minerals in your water. If you are going with only charcoal, you need to have very good humidity. Otherwise, I'd put some NZ sphagnum moss in the basket with it. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for for the replies!


    Quote Originally Posted by Wade's Orchids View Post
    Charcoal is nice for a couple reasons. The roots adhere to it very nicely. It doesn't break down. It also absorbs excess nutrients which can be good or bad. If you see white crust on your charcoal you might be overfertilizing or have a lot of minerals in your water. If you are going with only charcoal, you need to have very good humidity. Otherwise, I'd put some NZ sphagnum moss in the basket with it. Hope this helps.

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    We put charcoal in all of our mixes here.

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    i add charcoal to every orchid, no matter what it is in. it does not break down so quick like bark. i have a hard time finding larger chunks though. it would be nice if it was easier to find in a larger grade like larger grade bark.

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    BBQ charcoal? Would that work? I buy bags of charcoal to bbq with and it is very large. I use chunks of it to add to my mix. Most hardware stores carry it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedEcho View Post
    BBQ charcoal? Would that work? I buy bags of charcoal to bbq with and it is very large. I use chunks of it to add to my mix. Most hardware stores carry it.
    No, this type of charcoal has chemicals added to it to make it burn. It is harmful to your orchids.

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    Charcoal can work in wooden baskets but it isn't necessary. My orchids in wooden baskets are basically just mounted, but on a horizontal surface. I use large chunks of cork, broken off of a slab, and large chunks of tree fern fiber. At one time I used lava rock but the roots seemed to avoid the rock and it made the basket heavy, so I don't use it anymore. My orchids seem to prefer the cork in my humid environment. I've seen some growers use large chunks of charcoal and it seems to work fine. It's light weight and doesn't deteriorate. Those are the properties you're looking for in a basket. If you're lining the basket with something and using your regular orchid mix, then charcoal or whatever you normally use, will be fine. I know several growers that use mixes, including charcoal, in their baskets. Good luck.
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