How-To Guide for Mounting Epiphytes

By drdawg
January 10, 2015

Lots of people grow epiphytic plants, but most of them are grown in pots, simply because that's the way we are used to growing houseplants. However, that is not the way most of these plants grow in nature. Though they might grow on rocky outcrops or even electrical and/or telephone wires, the vast majority will be found growing in trees. Why not mount some of your epiphytes, so that they grow the way they do in nature?

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Jan 10, 2015 10:36 AM CST
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
Ken, great article! That was a beautiful piece! I have never grown Stags. They must be low moisture requirement plants to be able to grow like this. Sounds like my kind of houseplant, as I'm often forgetful when they are inside, lol. Enjoyed this! I tip my hat to you.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Jan 10, 2015 11:06 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
I tip my hat to you. Donna. I do appreciate your kind words.

Most epiphytic plants require about the same care/conditions as common houseplants. But, as in nature, they don't want constant moisture (what I call "wet-feet") and should be allowed to dry out before watering again. This is especially true when growing indoors and with fewer hours of sunlight and less intense sunlight in the fall and winter months. During the fall/winter months, when all of my plants are inside, they get misted 2-3X as often as they get watered. Over-watering or using moisture retentive "soil" is the main killer of epiphytic plants. There is absolutely nothing difficult about growing these plants, whether they are staghorn ferns, orchids, tillandsia, or bromeliads. Believe me, I don't do and don't know anything "magic" when growing them. If I can grow them, anyone can. Whistling
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