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Bamboo or wood better to gauge moisture?

Posted by whitecat8 z4 MN (My Page) on
Tue, May 24, 11 at 18:02

Hello. I'm halfway across the country, visiting friends. Right now, we're repotting their only orchid, a Phal-type Dendrobium, into a bark orchid mix.

As for checking moisture - bamboo skewers and chopsticks made of porous wood are what they have on hand, but they'll buy something else, if needed.

Would an unfinished bamboo skewer absorb enough moisture to measure moisture accurately?

Would an unfinished wooden chopstick be okay?

One better than the other?

Unfinished wooden skewer better than either?

Thanks, WC8

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RE: Bamboo or wood better to gauge moisture?

Unfinished wood is best, I think.
I use kabob skewers, since they're unfinished and fairly slender (and cheap).
Unfinished chop-sticks work just fine, too.


RE: Bamboo or wood better to gauge moisture?

Thanks Josh. I grow in sphag, so hearing from someone using bark is helpful. WC8

RE: Bamboo or wood better to gauge moisture?

  • Posted by jank US10 (My Page) on
    Thu, May 26, 11 at 0:51

Yup, agree with Josh.

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