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  1. #11
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    Ray Barkalow
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    Oct 2012
    Oak Island NC


    Sometimes, if you’re looking for a slight “twist” on the wooden basket, see if you can order some “plastic lumber” - the stuff made from recycled water and soda bottles. It’s available in a wide range of colors to look like real wood. Your husband will be amazed at the ease of cutting (like a hot knife through butter), and you can use the same construction technique.

    The stuff is impervious to everything, lasts forever, and the plants don’t seem to notice the difference. The roots still cling to the slats, but are much easier to pry off if repotting to a bigger basket.

    From a distance, you’d never know it was fake wood, until you realize there’s no algae growing on it.

  2. #12
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    My Grow Area
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    Mar 2019
    near Philadelphia
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    That's a great idea Ray! I'll try that on the next round of baskets

  3. #13
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    Zainal Abidin Bin Othman
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    Huntleya, Bollea, Cochleanthes
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    Apr 2006
    Melaka, West Malaysia
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    [QUOTE=Weetamoo;468179]Hi Leigh,
    Yes they were from Ecuador/Florida. I didn't know to soak them for 48 hours. Thanks for the tip. I put it in clay pot because I can't water every day. I do have the others in wooden baskets with lava and orchiata. I waffle back and forth on which will work better for me. I do love the baskets, and I'm planning to make a couple tonight (my husband does all the cutting, I do the drilling and assembly).
    How much light do you give your Rhyncos and Aerides? Cattleya light? Right now I have them shaded with high humidity to encourage root growth.

    Zain I will switch the tags. Does this one look more like Aer. houlletiana?Attachment 92096[/QU
    Well done Clara very nice one it will do better with wooden baskets.

    ---------- Post Merged at 10:07 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Weetamoo View Post
    yep the leaves are not as rigid. It's also the only one with one big healthy root. The houlletiana's foliage is beautiful. My next one might be the quinquevulnera if I can find a spot to fit it in. My husband wants the kitchen table back. and then he helps me make boxes..hehe

    Sheryl, my husband's hobby is wood working. I buy a white cedar board and he cuts it into strips 1/2 x 3/4 x by whatever size box I want. Then He makes a jig and I drill the holes with a drill press. I could just mark the ends and use a hand drill - there are DIY videos on line. I use 14 gauge wire (from the picture hanger section of the big box hardware) with 2 pliers I bend a little U at the end for the bottom, then thread the wires. Doing the twist at the top is my favorite part. Maybe next time I make one I'll take pictures along the way and post my own little DIY if anyone's interested
    Attachment 92097
    Attachment 92098 the jig
    Attachment 92099 the bottom
    Wow you and your husband very talented so nice and neat the basket if my house very near for the sure I can order from you ha ha.

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