Houseplants forum: mounts for staghorns, tillandsias, and orchids

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
Tropical Plants & More
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Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Nov 27, 2012 3:56 PM CST
This is a little off the beaten track, but here are some examples of the wood mounts I use for my tropicals. Often the mounts are the focal spot rather than the plants. The mounts are approximately 14" x 20" and I have some smaller and some larger, but most are of cedar, cypress, oak, pine and a few Gulf of Mexico driftwoods of some other exotic wood.

I use a 2-part epoxy to seal one surface and the epoxy really makes the wood color and grain "pop". The cured epoxy also seals the surface from UV and moisture for decades.

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drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Tropicals Region: Texas Hummingbirder Cactus and Succulents Herbs Greenhouse
Nov 27, 2012 7:36 PM CST
I am new to some of the different aerophytes but am surprised to see the surface coated with epoxy.

I can see it would make the display more permanent but always assumed these plants' roots would delve into the surface of the wood. Apparently I was wrong.

Do I see that you drill the holes in these displays for the plant roots?
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