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Sunday, June 11, 2006

mounting orchids


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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Found your site after a google search for 'mount orchids' and had a question. How long does it take, in general, for an orchid to attach itself to a piece? Days? Weeks? Monthes?


Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:31:00 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Thats a good question. I think it depends on a lot of things. Like what kind of orchids, and other things. But, I think you'll need to wait at least a month, before you begin to see it attach.
Make sure whatever you do, to give it enough water, they tend to dry out much quicker when mounted.

Check back in about 2 weeks for some how-to videos on mounting orchids.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 3:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I just bought an orchid from a guy on the street. He says it's from Zimbabwe. It's also mounted on some type of plant. I will post you a picture if you want me to. However, do I have to plant the thing it was mounted on? The reason I'm asking is because this plant (the mount, not the orchid) is full of roots on the bottom and at the sides. It's also a bit soily, so it makes a bit of a mess. I did put it in a VERY shallow bowl of water (appr 1/3 of an inch) and the next morning the water was gone. What should I do?

Friday, July 09, 2010 3:36:00 PM  

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