Houseplants forum: Has anyone 'mounted' an orchid onto another house plant?

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 20, 2016 11:53 AM CST
...like how one would grow up in a tree?
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terrafirma
Aug 20, 2016 12:01 PM CST
Wow! What an interesting thought. I've not done it, but... Going to honestly think about giving it a try! Several people on the Orchid forum, that live much further south of me, do, in fact grow in the landscape, in trees.
I would have to consider doing it on more of the houseplant level. Something that would come in/be protected through the winter.

Thank You! Tiffany for the idea/inspiration! Thumbs up
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 20, 2016 1:42 PM CST
I have some Dracaenas that have trunk-space, and palms, but not sure they are big enough, or how or where on the trunks to do it. Hoping somebody who had this idea a long time ago & did it might pop by with some pics.

I wonder whatever happened with this one? Found an old discussion somewhere from 9 yrs ago.
http://www.phalaenopsis.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2968
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terrafirma
Aug 20, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Mmmm, interesting! Smiling

I also have a Corn plant that has started looking like it needs some attention...Maybe a re potting, and a friend! Rolling my eyes.
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gardengus
Aug 21, 2016 7:49 PM CST
I have a vanilla orchid mounted to the trunk of a ficus tree , but it is still in a small pot . the tree helps support the vine.
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plantladylin
Aug 22, 2016 6:57 AM CST
I imagine with the right conditions it would work since many orchids are epiphytes and grow high up on tree branches and in the crotches of trees. It might depend on the type of orchid though and the plant it's being attached to, how much light the orchid requires, etc. and the important factor of good air circulation.

I'll be watching y'all experiment. Green Grin!
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 22, 2016 8:02 AM CST
Cinda, if/when you'd like to share a pic of that, I think everyone would enjoy seeing it very much!
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plantladylin
Aug 22, 2016 8:22 AM CST
I got a small cutting of Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla planifolia) in a trade years ago but it didn't survive. I saw a large one at an orchid show once, gorgeous blooms and they smell so good!
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sallyg
Aug 22, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Interesting idea for sure.
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Cinta
Aug 22, 2016 5:58 PM CST
gardengus said:I have a vanilla orchid mounted to the trunk of a ficus tree , but it is still in a small pot . the tree helps support the vine.


That is the plant I was thinking would make a great trunk mount. Because the leaves are so pretty I would not mind it hanging around when it is not in bloom. Well that is if I ever got a bloom. I seem to kill every orchid I buy.

Great idea Tiffany.

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