This is an introduction to a series of videos I am putting together about mounting orchids that I'll have posted in the coming weeks.
First of all, why take an orchid out of its pot and stick it on a tree branch or something? Its a creative and atrractive way to grow your plants. Its fun, rewarding, and a bit of a challenge. Orchids grow this way in their natural environment. You can easily move them around to where you want them in all seasons.
What can you use to mount an orchid?
Just let your imagination go. A tree, a stick, old stump, a rough pitted stone, maybe a fence post, whatever. Different varieties like different conditions. Try to match how the plant grows in nature as your guide.
A common and attractive option is corkboard. Its well suited for a variety of orchids. Such as, Dend, Phals, Bulbophylums, all Cattleya varieties, Oncidiums, and tons more. Corkboard is firm, with lots of crevices to put roots in to, drains easily, and so is not prone to rot.
I like to use pieces of wood that I've found at the beach or into the woods. Its has that aged, rustic look, and lots of crevices for toots to work in to.
What tools do you need? You might need a pair of scissors, wire cutters, small gauge wire, moss, fishing line, shade cloth, a hammer, and maybe a stapler.
What about watering and feeding? Well it all depends, but since you probably won't be using as much medium, as you would with a pot, You'll need to increase your watering and feeding.
Where can you put a mounted orchid? You can hang it under a tree, or on the eve of a patio. Maybe you could set in on a coffee table, in the bedroom, or in your office. Just about anywhere that suits you and the plant.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free. I should have a few how-to videos up in a short while.