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    Those wooden slat baskets are very nice, but as previously mentioned require alot of water to keep the roots happy. They would be easy to make and easy to vary the slot width, if you have access to cedar, which one could find sold as the "patio" posts, that are a solid cedar log, you could easily cut your slats out of that with a table saw and jigsaw, but I would only consider this route if you're very determined to make dozens of those pots!

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    A few years back I made several of these baskets out of cedar. The wood was scrap I had from another project; in fact the cedar is sold as 6 foot long pickets for fences. Using a table saw I cut the slats of various lengths depending on how big the basket was to be. I made the slats about 1/2 inch thick (about 1 inch wide) so the open areas would be the same. I drilled small holes through each slat end (premeasured and drilled in bulk). I then used heavy aluminum (some were also stainless steel) wires to thread through the holes with a loop being made (coil around end of needle-nose pliers) on the top and bottom of the end slats to hold the whole thing together. On the bottom you will have to arrange slats to cover the bottom. I did this by tacking with small nails a series of slates also spaced about 1/2 an inch apart. Because the bottom slats are resting on top of two end pieces the nails only keep them from moving laterally. If something does not make sense PM me. Neither of red wood or cedar seems to harm plants and both are resistant to rotting; but I have had benches in the greenhouse decay in 3 years when almost constantly exposed to water. A good Nepenthes basket should drain quickly so these are ideal if you can keep the humidity up. I have used both long fiber sphagnum and coco husk in them with great results.

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    You can cut strips of ceder and use fishing wire to hold them together. The boxes only last about a year and a half or so depending on the type fo wood, weight of the plant. gaps about 0.5 inches are approprate.

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    Plastic orchid baskets last a lot longer, although they're not as good looking.

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    Theres lots of places to buy them if you want to buy them. If you want to make them, I found it easiest to buy a sheet of lattice and take it apart. Use industrial stainless staples.
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    Forgive me for sounding totally ignorant, however, what do you line these baskets with to stop the planting medium from falling out?

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    You'd use LFS or at least surround your medium with LFS. Orchid bark would probably hold too.

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