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Name: Sue
Naugatuck, CT (Zone 6b)
Isadorastar
Feb 22, 2016 4:18 PM CST
Ok so i got a huge piece of drift wood i found on beach last year and would love it use it for my air plants. How do i make it safe for my airplants to attach to it and.. how do i water them once i water them once they attach to it?

And one more thing my small bulbosa Guatemala diet. Watering it ever 2 weeks with daily misting doesnt seem help it :-\ any tips. I just purchased a bigger one i dont want to lose!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 22, 2016 5:12 PM CST
Sue, if that driftwood has been outside in the weather/rain for several months, it is fine to use as is. All my mounted plants, I have about 75 of them, get watered by Mother Nature when they are outside (and supplemental watering from a hose when necessary). When inside in the greenhouses, the hose does the job. For those in the OPP, I fill a large sink with tepid, highly diluted fertilizer-water, and soak them all (upside down) for 5-10 minutes every week or two, depending on the sunlight that room gets.

I don't know about the Bulbosa.
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Name: Sue
Naugatuck, CT (Zone 6b)
Isadorastar
Feb 22, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Its been under my overhang for a few months now. But it was washed up in shore laying in the sand before I got it
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drdawg
Feb 22, 2016 5:24 PM CST
If it were driftwood from a fresh-water stream/river, just a simple wash-off is all that's necessary. But those from the Gulf/ocean have saltwater contamination and that needs to have time to leach out of the wood. Rain and sun does the job. If it fits into some sort of container filled with freshwater, you can soak it in that. Change the water every week for 4-6 weeks.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 22, 2016 5:44 PM CST
I agree Soaking in fresh water for a while would be best, but if you can't do that, leave it out in the rain, and if it doesn't rain, hose it off or douse it with a good soaking of fresh water.

Sea salts in the wood could be toxic, or harmful at least, to air plants, but they really don't take in a lot of nutrients through their roots. If you give it a good, prolonged rinse and let the sun bleach it, it should be fine by the time your weather warms up.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Feb 22, 2016 9:32 PM CST
Bulbosa Guatemala - It probaly needs more humidity and moisture. I have one in my greenhouse that gets doused by the sprinkler system every three days but the humidiity is always over 50%.

I agree with the others about 'seasoning' your driftwood but I have rarely had an airplant 'root' to something. You will probably have to attach your plants to the driftwood but that could make watering easier if you use something like orchid butterfly clips. Un-attach, soak, re-attach.

My daughter found an old picture frame, strung wire in a grid and attached all her airplants to the wire grid. Then hung the entire contraption over her kitchen sink in front of the window. Its very cute and the airplants seem very happy.

Daisy
Name: Sue
Naugatuck, CT (Zone 6b)
Isadorastar
Feb 23, 2016 6:41 AM CST
would a room humidifier Confused work o.O?
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drdawg
Feb 23, 2016 7:54 AM CST
A few rooted air-plants, Daisy. I have many dozen that look like this. That being said, I don't use large mounts other than slabs of cork. I don't have the room and besides, all my mounts are made to hang.

These are all orchids, other than a tillandsia shown in the last photo. Tillandsia roots are so fine, it is hard to show them rooted.

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