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phals in slat baskets

This is a discussion on phals in slat baskets within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I was asked about the phals I have potted in slat baskets and hung sideways. ...

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    I was asked about the phals I have potted in slat baskets and hung sideways. Here are a couple of photos, one showing a single phal, the second with two phals. Both in 6 inch slat baskets with large bark chunks around the roots, sphag over the top and pinned in with bamboo skewers.
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    I began experimenting with my outdoor phals, putting them in wire baskets with fern liners. One took to it while others haven't done as well and are now being returned to a little more normal environment. Some of my outside phals like clay and chopped sphag while others like the airy palm fiber with some wood chips in the middle. It's funny how one will like almost full sun while others enjoy the shadiest indoor corner I can find for them.
    Hanging sideways is a great idea to keep the water out of the crown and it's much more like their normal home in the trees. I also think they are much prettier in their normal position like that, they remind me of graceful birds. I just love the shape of the phal and most of the time dont really mind whether they bloom or not.

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    Cindi, that is a great idea! I have 4 phals mounted right now - 2 to cork slabs, 1 to a roof shingle, and 1 to a branch from a tree that was struck by lightning. They are all doing well. I am going to try the basket now and, I think, volcanic rock. They look better, the roots are happier, and you cannot overwater them!!!!

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    wow another thread was discussing natural position of phals. thanks for the photos!

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