Orchids forum: Mounting Orchids

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 7, 2012 7:10 PM CST
My intent was to post this in the "Mounting vs Pots" thread but I see it has been frozen. Ursula, you may move this if you want.

I spent a good part of the day mounting an orchid and I thought I would share the experience. I started with a piece of wood from an old, dead orange tree.
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I drilled a hole through it about an inch and a half from the top. Then I drilled a smaller hole straight down from the top so that it intersected the first hole. I doubled a wire and put the two ends down the top hole and fished them out each side. I brought up the ends and wrapped them around the loop that is protruding from the top.
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I bought a piece of hardware cloth from HD and used it to fashion a small basket at the bottom of the wood. The sides of the screen are stapled to the wood.
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I put some orchid bark in the basket followed by the bare root orchid, then more bark so it is tightly in place. Once the orchid firmly attaches itself to the wood, I will remove the wire basket and the orchid bark. Here is the final result:
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I hope this helps or at least leads to some new ideas for those interested in mounting orchids.

Jim
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Jan 7, 2012 7:39 PM CST
Thanks Jim for taking the time to take the pictures, this makes it easy to understand. I have just received an Encyclia tampensis via trade, I think this would be great for it. I had tied it to a corkboard, but I think it would look much nicer on a branch Smiling

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 7, 2012 7:58 PM CST
GT, try Ctna which is the abbreviation for Cattleytonia.

Jim
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 7, 2012 8:00 PM CST
Ursula, I guessed you either moved my post or this wine is really good tonight. Hilarious!

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 7, 2012 8:04 PM CST

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The wine is good, Jim!! Smiling And yes, I started a new thread for you.
Looks good!! I like the way you anchor the hanger!
I dropped off some more fish at the Aquarium store, they always have these beautiful driftwood pieces around to place into fish tanks. One went home with me today. And I have used an old weathered Blue-berry branch to mount my Rhyncholaelia digbyana, the plant is really taking to it this Winter.

And GT, I answered in the Jan. bloom thread... Angel Smiling
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 8, 2012 5:22 AM CST
How do you water your mounted Orchids. Do you just use a spray bottle and spray them? What about fertilizing them?
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jan 8, 2012 7:49 AM CST
I have a one gallon, hand-pump sprayer that I fill with water from my rain barrel. I add a half teaspoon of water soluble fertilizer and two drops of Super Thrive. I mist with this mix every day and deep water with the hose once a week. Try to mist or water early in the day so the leaves are dry at night.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 8, 2012 8:35 AM CST

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That reminds me, I need to fertilize....
No wonder your plants looks so happy, Jim!

Around here, I pressurize a vessel containing rain water ( which we collect off the greenhouse roof) and use the attached sprayer wand to simply water everything, mostly daily. ( My greenhouse dries up very fast) Using daily fertilizer would be a bit more problematic here, since the glass walls on my much smaller greenhouse would be coated with salts in no time flat. In Summer outside I simply use a similar spraying wand, attached to rain water. Fertilizing outside is of course a breeze.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jan 8, 2012 3:31 PM CST
Thanks Jim,
This makes it less scary to try!
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jan 10, 2012 5:04 AM CST
I have RO water now and I hose my plants down on the mist setting (which is more than a mist). My plants are inside so I have layers of linoleum, trays and shower curtains. When I had just a few mounts, I used to stick them in the sink or collect rain water/melted snow in buckets and dip them. I fertilize once a month with a backpack sprayer.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jan 10, 2012 4:07 PM CST
Here is my phal I mounted on a piece of cork. Sorry about the black pantyhose used to keep the sphagnum and orchid on, but it's all I had. I started out using zip-ties, but they didn't work the way I wanted them to.


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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jan 10, 2012 5:07 PM CST
Looks good. I think several of the ladies use old panty hose for this purpose.

Jim
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jan 10, 2012 5:16 PM CST
Thanks. I thought everyone would laugh at it.............it probably wouldn't look as bad if I'd have had the flesh colored hose. Anyway, it seems happy on its cork.
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Jan 10, 2012 5:31 PM CST
panty hose, what a neat idea Hurray! ... except, here in FL I never wear them, I don't own any Sad
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 10, 2012 5:54 PM CST

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Heh, I use lace! Smiling
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jan 10, 2012 6:11 PM CST
Oh, sure, now we have someone who does a "couture" mount............I will NOT tell my phal that it has to have grungy, old, black pantyhose. Green Grin!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
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Ursula
Jan 10, 2012 7:43 PM CST

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Hilarious!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jan 11, 2012 11:41 AM CST
I don't feel qualified to say anymore. Whistling

Jim
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Jan 11, 2012 2:21 PM CST
*snort*
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Jan 17, 2012 12:38 PM CST
I found myself fooling around with the rest of that orange tree on Sunday afternoon. I made one vertical mount and one horizontal mount. I now will look in the greenhouse for mounting candidates.

Jim

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