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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Feb 20, 2016 4:30 PM CST
For the first time in over a week, my website appears to be up and running again. I will hold my breath that it won't go down again. Hurray!
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
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Dragonkeep
Mar 6, 2016 9:26 PM CST
It looks nice. I went and visited.
“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.”
― Dalai Lama
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 7, 2016 6:00 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. @Dragonkeep. Thanks for visiting my site, Barb.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Cat Lover Daylilies Roses Lilies Irises
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Sempervivums
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javaMom
Mar 7, 2016 9:15 AM CST
Love your site, visited today...we have lots of beautiful orchids in Indonesia that you will enjoy...

Have a wonderful week,
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 7, 2016 9:51 AM CST
Thank you for your visit, @javaMom.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Region: Maryland Bulbs Amaryllis Tropicals Cottage Gardener
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critterologist
Mar 8, 2016 7:50 AM CST
Sweet! I hadn't visited in a while... beautiful photos!

Do you have a link to information on caring for those pretty mounted orchids? I just -- for the very first time -- got an orchid to rebloom (instead of gradually killing it), so I'm feeling all empowered LOL, not to mention tempted. The cork mounts look great, but I'm totally in love with the cypress knees you're using. Smiling I bet my MIL's back porch would be a good location for one this summer (too little light in their house in the winter), and then it could move to an indirectly lit shelf (or be hung) in my bathroom.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 8, 2016 8:01 AM CST
Hey, Jill. When I ship out any of my plants, orchids or other, I always include growing instructions. I think the cypress knees are a wonderful addition to my line-up of mounts. They are really beautiful and certainly one-of-a-kind. I mount on both the natural, untouched (bark) side and the epoxy-sealed side. The plants do well on either side. Your back porch should be great. Hopefully it is open to the east or south. A northern exposure doesn't offer much light and a western exposure (in the spring and summer) gets awfully hot by mid-afternoon. You would not want many of the tropical plants family to get direct sun from the west. They would likely sunburn.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Region: Maryland Bulbs Amaryllis Tropicals Cottage Gardener
Critters Allowed Birds Butterflies Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bee Lover
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critterologist
Mar 8, 2016 8:06 AM CST
I'm just curious about growing on the mounts... I might have more success that way... I can google for info; I'm sure it's a method well known to orchid enthusiasts. I just don't want to get myself into daily misting or anything, 'cause that wouldn't happen unless I (and there's an idea) hung it in the shower LOL.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 8, 2016 8:23 AM CST
There are definite advantages and disadvantage when growing plants more like they do in nature, namely mounted. A distinct advantage is that it is practically impossible to overwater, and overwatering is the number one cause of death when growing orchids. Also, when growing mounted (whether hanging or presenting the mount horizontally), those growing roots are exposed, and for me at least, I like to see those roots attaching to the mount surfaces.

A disadvantage is that, since these plants dry out more quickly, they do require more frequent watering to grow their best. Where I might water my potted orchids every 10 days in the fall/winter and every week in the spring/summer, I water my mounted orchids every week in the fall/winter and every 3-5 days in the spring/summer (depends on heat). For those plants out in the greenhouses (or in the spring/summer, outside under oak trees), I water with a hose, using a "gentle-rain" attachment. For plants that are now in the solarium, I just fill my sink 3/4 with tepid water, add a bit of fertilizer so that it will be highly diluted, and put those mounted plants (upside down) in the sink. I let them soak for several minutes and then put them back up to drain. All my mounted plants hang. I do the same thing with my mounted staghorn ferns. Keep in mind that most orchids can handle drought-like conditions very well. They do the same in nature. If you were in the habit of watering orchids/staghorns(potted or mounted) once a month, and did this month-in and month-out, not only would your plants suffer but they could very well die.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Region: Maryland Bulbs Amaryllis Tropicals Cottage Gardener
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critterologist
Mar 8, 2016 10:14 AM CST
I can do weekly sink soaks! Whew. Several other websites I found insisted on daily watering for mounted orchids. Thanks!!
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 8, 2016 2:29 PM CST
People make growing tropical plants, particularly when it comes to orchids, so difficult-sounding. It is not. It is amazing how common-sense keeps one on the right path. If an orchid is mounted with some sphagnum moss under it, it is so easy to look at and/or touch that moss to see if it is bone-dry or still a bit moist. Growing mounted orchids/tillandsia/staghorns is easy for me.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Region: Maryland Bulbs Amaryllis Tropicals Cottage Gardener
Critters Allowed Birds Butterflies Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bee Lover
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critterologist
Mar 8, 2016 6:40 PM CST
I agree... I'm just happier knowing I don't have to touch-check on a daily basis, because that would lead to dead plants. *Blush*
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 8, 2016 8:53 PM CST
Thumbs up
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
I'm the gnome in my garden...
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover
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RobinSeeds
Mar 23, 2016 2:11 PM CST
Ken, I got a 'Forbidden' error when I tried to visit. That can't be good for business, I hope someone irons it out for you real soon.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Mar 23, 2016 2:41 PM CST
I just tried it and got the same message.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 23, 2016 2:56 PM CST
It is back up. Let me know if you have any problems accessing the website. And thanks for letting me know.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Mar 23, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Working fine now!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 23, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Hurray!
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
I'm the gnome in my garden...
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover
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RobinSeeds
Mar 23, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Well I just totally had a drool fest with your up and running site. Some of your Orchids are absolutely breathtaking! I'm not even an Orchid grower but your Vanilla planifolia is surely calling on me to try. I'll be saving up my pennies for that one. Do you collect and sell seeds...ever?

Robin
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Mar 23, 2016 8:13 PM CST
Robin, to tell you the truth...........I always tell the truth Whistling , I am growing my own Vanilla Orchid just to see her bloom. I have never experienced that and though I have been told that her blooms will be brief, I just want to prove to myself that it can be done in Mississippi. Of course, without blooms, there can be no seed-pods. I have seedpods occasionally from other other orchids, but unless you have "laboratory-conditions", you won't grow from seed. That's another world, a world I have never challenged.

By the way, I just posted Vanilla Orchids for sell again. I only have two and when those are sold, I probably will never have another one, other than my personal plant. She now has a 4' vine, perhaps longer since I lace her in and out on her trellis, and her vine stems are as thick as a pencil.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

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