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Old 09-20-2012, 03:43 PM
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container from a pet store

I saw this wooden container from our local reptile store and thought it might be a good container for orchids. I bought two, and will experiment on some den keikis I have here.

So far I am soaking the containers in a pail of water, hopefully get things going soon. Has anyone used similar thing for their orchids? Would love to know how it went
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:02 PM
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:47 PM
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Have repotted one of my noid den keikis and I used hydroton rocks inside,I am hoping the roots will find its way to attach to the container itself later on...now will see how it goes after this. Keeping fingers crossed!
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:33 PM
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It looks cute, hope you can see it blooming:-)
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:55 PM
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Nice! I really think it looks nice.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:11 AM
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Is it cork bark?
I've seen cork like this at my local pet store but was a bit pricey for me at the time.
Should work nicely
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Are there any holes for drainage? If not, that would be a concern for me. Also, since you will be watering, is the wood going to eventually turn to mush? Just things to ponder.
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Drainage seems quite good on these ones, the bottom part are like a mesh, so water pours out well. The structure of this container is wood, I guess like the inner core removed, for sure in time it will deteriorate, but not that fast, by then either the roots will cling to it happily as if on a tree. I do not think it is cork bark either.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:10 PM
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Can't really tell what kind of wood it is. Some, as softer woods like pine, are very susceptible to dry rot. Dry rot happens with too much moisture (go figure) And that can happen to a lot of other species of wood. Sometimes it comes on fast and sometimes it may take a couple or more years.
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In new Zealand and Australia they commonly grow orchids in similar looking pots.
The wood they use here is tree fern and 'punga' logs, there's no actual holes for watering but the logs are fibrous and really porous. So u basically water with care and the rest soaks into to log.

The equivalent that you would have there is a cactus skeleton stuffed with moss or maybe coconut fiber
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Trev, I hope the containers work. They're pretty.

Emmaye, I agree - the cork bark at pet stores is way overpriced. I saw a small, 5" X 5" piece for ten bucks! I'm still trying to figure out how to get driftwood from Chicago's waterways and Lake Michigan for mounting . . .
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checking on the roots

So I decided to poke a bit inside the wooden containers with den keikis planted with hydroton rock/bark mix and see how the roots are doing in there, removing some of the mix on top to see what goes on inside, after about a month and a half of being moved in there. Glad to see the roots are growing quite well!

At first I was a bit apprehensive, these keikis have been on the mother plant for several months before, the roots growing aerial already...happy to see them dig in below the media and staying healthy.
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Looking good!
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Just a photo update of my dens in the wooden container..so far looking good, and seems I may finally have good buds growing..and a new cane on some
Fun to see the roots growing in nooks and crannies
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Those look really nice, although you are going to need to bind that one pot together if the penetrating roots get bigger or more numerous. Looks like your experiment was a success.
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I am hoping the roots will be my bind for it..if it learns to attach to it
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Just a photo update...buds very visibly plump...am getting excited!!!
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Finally the much awaited bloom! After a two-year rest and being moved from indoors to outdoors in our growcamp, to its wooden container
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Just getting another photo, the blooms now much more open. The other wooden container also of the same type of noid den has some buds, buds growing from a keiki.
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Seems to be a very happy and lovely orchid!
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Bloomtime for noid dens in 2nd wooden container: more lovely yellows coming about!
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It is a beauty! I love the colour.
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Great job Trev. Congratulations. What is the name of this lovely Dendrobium? It never surprises me, such ingenuity from our fellow orchid growers, with the containers they come up with.
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Very well done. It is so fun to try different ways to plant or mount them. I love that little cutie in the round bowl next to them.
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Hi Brisbanite..ah, it is just a noid den..do not know its name. I just keep it coz I love the yellow blooms.

Daethen, the plants in the bowl is an aloe-gasteria hybrid.
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