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This guide is suitable for hygrophilous orchids (such as pafiopediums, fragmapediums, folidots, etc.)
Plastic is very good for orchids, as these pots do not absorb salts from the water, they are often transparent, which helps to monitor the condition of the roots, but … ugly. And so I want to decorate my own home not only with an exotic beauty, but also with what she grows in.
Wicker baskets look very beautiful in any interior, but the substrate in them dries out quickly, so they try not to plant them without unnecessary need (only if the peduncle grows downward, like in stangopes).
1-2. I had sobralia fimbriata on my hands, with absolutely hairy roots, which is a sign of hygrophilia and intolerance to salinity, as well as a basket from Ikea.
3. To prevent any garbage from falling out of the basket, the substrate does not dry out, and the roots do not stick to the walls of the basket, we take a regular rustling bag and put it in the basket. Then we will cut it along the edge of the basket. If you need to transplant, then you can do this by taking the bag by the edges and transplant without any special root injuries.
4. On the bottom and on the sides we make holes in it (within reason) holes should not be more than 12 and they should be made no more than 5mm. The holes will act as drainage holes, and on the sides will give the roots air access.
We fill in the drainage about 1/3 of the basket.
You can use regular foam plastic pieces of 2-3 cm, but I ran out of foam plastic, so I used ordinary expanded clay.
Next, we plant the plant in a fine bark.
5. Cover everything with sphagnum moss so that the substrate dries more slowly. And we cut the bag along the edge of the basket.
6. This is the beauty.