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Old 02-16-2017, 06:50 PM
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I've found this net the most perfect from them all. If one pull the sides the mesh size decreases according your needs. Such thing was not possible on the ones I've found for vegetables (as well as their mesh size is too high).
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Also cheese nets for smaller applications.
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Also cheese nets for smaller applications.
Here we have those too.
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A problem with this kind of netting is that reptiles become trapped in it and die.

Yes, really. I stopped using it to keep birds off my plants when I found the first dead king snake. Snakes and lizards are valuable for eliminating insects and rodents that damage my plants. The reptiles we have here are beautiful animals, and it's a shame to kill them.

Perhaps using it as a pot will make it unlikely reptiles would get trapped, but using it as a screen will ensure their entrapment. I believe all European reptiles are protected due to population declines brought on by humans.
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Really??????
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When I first saw it and read anti-bird net I thought a bird can be trapped in it... and they will, for sure.
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We use it here to keep the birds off our berries and fruit, or deer away from the lilies. Personally, I have no need of it for orchids and the only reptile I have ever seen here is a garter snake. I understand your concerns, however. I wouldn't want rbarata carted off over a trapped lizard.Totally off topic...
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I understand your concerns, however. I wouldn't want rbarata carted off over a trapped lizard.Totally off topic...
The biggest lizards we have here is Lacerta lepida. Where I live now I never saw it but in my youth I spent most of the time in the bushes, a kind of habitat that is known in the states as chaparral. I saw dozens of them, some were a meter long (3,3 ff) and when threatened they stand up in the back paws and hiss.
Anyway, I don't plan to use this net outside so...

Now, back on topic... the reppoting is done.
I don't have good conditions to do these things at home, I don't have a garden so it's always a mess. But I think I've done the essential correctly.

Took some photos.

This is the plant before the "operation".
Thos long roots are half a meter long (20 in) and suprisingly they didn't pose any difficulties because when reppoting they go to their natural position, growing out of the basket.



I decided to use bark only, coarse bark with the smallest pieces not less than 5 cm (2 in). I spent half an hour choosing the biggest pieces from a 20 l bag. Got a back pain too.



I didn't find many dead roots. They were at the center of the pot but were only 2 or 3, which I cut. All the other were green (I had to wet them to release old bark) or brown, but the brown ones were rigid and not mushy so I didn't cut those.
Couldn't remove all the old bark because it was strongly attached to the roots so half of it went to the basket.

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Final work. I think the bark I used was way too much large but I think the plant won't mind. I'll have to water it more often but at least it won't decay prematurely.
There was a void at the center of the root mass but I've put a few pieces of cork inside. But the void it's still there whi I think won't be a problem.
Also had to repot twice because the first time the plant moved sideways in the basket and was not in it's natural position. Now it's like it was before.

Comments, please, as well as advises for the future regarding care.



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I just used one onion-net for a basket for Cattleya Peckhaviensis together with the fibre of Livistonia Palm, and though I took an orange coloured one (the only I had at home at that moment) it looks ok and the Catt doesn't complain anyway. I hope it will last as long as the wooden part of the basket.

As these baskets are hanging, I've no issues with lizards over here; we have some different types and the majority of them are omnivorous; they love sweet buds of orchids and can destroy a spike of Cattleya over'night' (they do it by day, of course). Ever tasted the sweet drops of nectar on the tips of a bud? Then you'll know why they like it!
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Very cute toy lizards. I like your sense of humor 😃 rbarata, I think your potting job is better than I could do! Congrats!
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