Orchids forum: Coconut husk for planting orchids

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Name: Carlos Peres da Costa
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cperesc
Dec 24, 2016 1:23 PM CST
In my garden I have a lot of coconut trees. I was wondering if orchids tolerate well when planted in coconut husk baskets. What substrate could be added for soil correction / to improve growth ?. I am a newbie with orchids.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 24, 2016 2:57 PM CST

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Hello Carlos!
Yes, absolutely! I have used Coconut shells on occasion, have one small Orchid planted just recently into one. I would drill a hole into the bottom for drainage and add a couple of holes to hook a wire into it, so you can hang the plant.
I would say, if you need to anchor a small Orchid until it is established, you can use any Orchid medium one would normally use. Small bark, or my favorite, a bit of Coconut fiber. Or use it to mount a small Orchid, by tying it to the shell. Many small species like it very much.
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hawkarica
Dec 24, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Carlos, you are our first visitor from Brazil that I can remember. Welcome.

Coconut shells are great for mounting several types of orchids. You should do well.

Jim
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 24, 2016 6:45 PM CST
Carlos said coconut husks. Isn't that the fibery stuff around the coconut shell? Confused

PS: Welcome! to the Orchid Forum, Carlos
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 24, 2016 9:41 PM CST

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Hmm, perhaps I misunderstood.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 24, 2016 9:53 PM CST
Ursula, you do use that fiber in a lot of your plants...and now you have me doing it too, with good results.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 25, 2016 8:02 AM CST

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Carol, I like it much better than Sphagnum.
Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 25, 2016 8:13 AM CST
I need to remember that..............Ursula, you mean the stuff like you line baskets with?
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 25, 2016 8:39 AM CST

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Yes, it is!
Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 25, 2016 8:59 AM CST
Well, well, well..................since I have learned my daily something new early, I have the rest of the day to loaf. LOL I need to get a couple slabs of cork to try that out.
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ardesia
Dec 25, 2016 10:27 AM CST
I like to use coir in place of peat in my potting mixes that I make up for plants other than orchids. It wets up instantly and drains promptly also. It is a good renewable product. When you say you use the basket liners for your orchid mixes do you just chunk the liners in pieces? (Asks the woman who should be cooking Christmas dinner.) Shrug!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 25, 2016 10:45 AM CST

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I take pieces of the Coconut mat and pull it a bit apart to gently wrap/ anchor the roots and plant.
In addition, I have placed large Cattleyas into metal baskets without pulling the fiber apart, and placed some bark chunks loosely around the roots. I tie the plant to the hanger untill it is established. Within a season, they grow right into it.
Now my Jackfowlieara Ab needed to be cleaned up, I took the smaller piece, wrapped some loosened Coconut fiber around the roots, tied as is to a hanger and it has right now a nice new growth with a small spike showing. Looks happy!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 25, 2016 1:19 PM CST
If you use the basket liners, be aware that some have a thin layer of plastic wrap type material between two layers of fiber, so read the tags carefully, or you can punch holes in it. With the coir or the chunks, some brands are washed better than others, so it would be beneficial to rinse a few times before using them.
Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Dec 25, 2016 2:10 PM CST
Every time I have used a basket with that liner, I have killed the plant. I don't do that anymore.

Jim
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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 25, 2016 6:33 PM CST
I prefer to purchase my coir off of a roll. It doesn't "fit" a basket, but if I want to use it for other things, it's a flat piece I can cut.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 25, 2016 6:55 PM CST
I haven't seen that here, but I'll certainly look for it.
Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Dec 25, 2016 7:00 PM CST
I've gotten it at a couple of garden centers. I think I've seen 2 different thicknesses of it. It's hell on a scissors, let me tell you. LOL
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 25, 2016 7:02 PM CST
As are the pre formed ones!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 25, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Hello cperesc, yes you can use the coconut husk for your orchids. I have seen that used often in the Philippines since there are lots of coconut trees there too. I remember they would use the Coco shells dried and halved, drilled holes and just set the plant there. Then I see some charcoal inside too.

At times the orchid is also attached directly to the trunk of the coconut tree too. And they grow quite well.

I miss coconut trees, so many uses!
Name: Ted
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Ted5310
Dec 26, 2016 9:42 AM CST
CArol,
The only place I've seen it here is at H&H Nursery. They are located in Lakewood. Don't get there much since we moved, but a great place.

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