Bamboo or wood better to gauge moisture?

whitecat8(z4 MN)May 24, 2011

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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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

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.


    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 7:53PM
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whitecat8(z4 MN)

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

    Bookmark   May 25, 2011 at 1:24AM
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Yup, agree with Josh.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 12:51AM
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