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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 22, 2012 9:42 AM CST

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A tropical nursery near here had nearly all their broms stapled to boards. Wish I had tried this earlier in the spring.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 22, 2012 9:51 AM CST
They could have used more interesting looking wood....
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extranjera
Aug 22, 2012 12:13 PM CST
Stapled? I've got lots of wood and bromeliads and orchids but I have a tough time getting them attached to the wood. It always looks ugly after I've wrapped it a dozen times to keep it stable, then after a month or so they come loose again. I gave up. I thought about using some kind of glue but staples are an interesting idea.

I agree Hetty, they could have done a lot better in picking wood. Those look like planks from a construction site.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 22, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Jonna, I have successfully used 'Liquid Nail' in attaching orchids and bromeliads to trees. I wrap them for the time being and after a while I can undo the tape or string and they are usually good to stay on.
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Aug 22, 2012 1:17 PM CST
I have some of that! I will try it, I've got some gorgeous drift wood pieces that have been soaking in the pond for a few weeks. I usually put them in the pool first to kill whatever is on them and then leave them in the pond to hopefully get rid of the salt.

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Bubbles
Aug 22, 2012 1:44 PM CST

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Jonna, he uses E6000 to attach some of the larger and rare broms. These were the ones he sells at the farmers market on weekends. He uses rough mesquite for the larger ones also. I asked about the staples and he said that after a while, they will pull out. E6000 takes cae of that also.
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Dutchlady1
Aug 22, 2012 1:54 PM CST
LOVE Lovey dubby driftwood!
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 22, 2012 4:41 PM CST
They will look beautiful on your driftwood, Jonna. Be sure and post some pictures for us?

I wonder if they will be like orchids mounted on wood, and need to be watered every day or they dry out extremely quickly. I love the look of mounted orchids, but I've stopped doing it because they're so high maintenance.
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extranjera
Aug 22, 2012 5:42 PM CST
well, I probably should water them every day but I don't and that could be why I don't do very well with them Hilarious! It is very humid here and it rains every couple days in the evenings. This time of year the orchids look better than in the dry season when they have to depend on me. The native orchids do fairly well just stuck on a branch or a log, it's the ones from other areas that I tend to kill or at least they don't thrive. I keep saying I will make a new resolution to really pay attention to them and part of that would be getting them mounted and placed somewhere that I can more easily hit them with the hose.
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Bubbles
Aug 22, 2012 6:40 PM CST

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I'm not into orchids because it's so dry here in summer, but careyanna is, so she was in Heaven at the greenhouse! He had little
wooden baskets for some of the orchids.

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Bubbles
Aug 22, 2012 6:48 PM CST

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These kind of tempted me, but I resisted:

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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Aug 22, 2012 8:28 PM CST
Beautiful! I believe that purple/blue is a vanda, I've been trying to get one here but so far no luck. I looked online as well and did find a few but very expensive. I think they would do well here but no one seems to carry them. I'm going to look over on the coast next time I'm over there, there are hotels in the Cancun area that have all sorts of exotic orchids, I just need to find out where they get them.
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Bubbles
Aug 22, 2012 9:11 PM CST

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You're probably right about the Vanda. I gave the few orchids I hadn't killed yet to careyanna before she left my house Monday. 'Just can't seem to give orchids what they need. One winter, I left them on the patio that we've covered with plastic. I went out one evening to turn the heater on, and found four blooming orchids in February. No idea which kinds, afraid to move them inside to the heat, left them out and enjoyed the blooms. I marveled at how resilient they were with no help from me! Then I killed them with water and kindness.

I'd have to ask Carey, but I think most of his smaller orchids were $10. to $15., but I'm not sure.
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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2012 4:17 AM CST
Yes, a Vanda. Strange that they wouldn't have them available there.
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 23, 2012 8:41 AM CST
Vandas are beautiful, but again kind of high maintenance divas. They grow with no medium whatsoever, with long roots waving in the air. So when it's dry you need to mist them every day because they need some sun to bloom. IF the humidity is low they need misting twice a day. That's why I don't have any although I love them. Also because they are big and expensive so I'd feel guilty if I killed one. Give me an orchid in a pot any day, I like to go on vacation.

Most of my bromeliads are in/on the ground. They're very easy care, but they do get watered at least twice a week by the automated micro-sprinklers in spring and fall when it's hot and dry here.
Elaine

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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2012 8:44 AM CST
I found a Vanda by the side of the road one day. I hung it in a tree and forgot about it.
It blooms every year and I do NOTHING. It is in dappled shade.
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Bubbles
Aug 23, 2012 9:21 AM CST

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This is about as close as I can get to hanging bromeliads in the tree. I do think I'd like to try to mount a few.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 23, 2012 10:40 AM CST
That's really pretty, Sandi. I like clay pots for my broms, too.

I think once they attach and make a clump, broms do fine on tree branches. They have a beautiful oak tree at Selby Gardens that has large clumps of broms on its branches.

But I've had no success attaching single pups to a tree branch, even with lots of TLC. We have a wonderful nursery locally that specializes in bromeliads, Tropiflora. Most of theirs are in pots, in fact I think they all are.
Elaine

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Dutchlady1
Aug 23, 2012 10:58 AM CST
Tropiflora is seriously tempting; I go to their sales from time to time.
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Bubbles
Aug 23, 2012 10:59 AM CST

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Thanks, Elaine! It's just so dry here when the temp reaches the high 90s to over 100. You can see the edges of the foliage begin to burn. I plant some in the flower beds here also. They seem to do just fine with a light frost and bloom by Feb.

I wish I lived near Tropiflora! I'd probably have to have an intervention of some sort, though.

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