Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Preparing Birch Mounts?

This is a discussion on Preparing Birch Mounts? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi folks, Our European Birch sustained some heavy damage in a recent ice storm, so ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    mycologist's Avatar
    mycologist is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    327
    Recipes
    1

    Default Preparing Birch Mounts?

    Hi folks,

    Our European Birch sustained some heavy damage in a recent ice storm, so I am trying to make some light of the situation by using it for orchid mounting sticks. I read here that they are rumored to work very well.

    Does anyone know how to get these ready to use? They were alive on the tree a month ago. Thanks!
    Last edited by mycologist; March 8th, 2008 at 06:30 PM.

  2. #2
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    It would seem that you would need to dry them out so that they would weigh less. After drying, I would add in a wire to hang the mount and then have fun!

    Cheers,
    BD

  3. #3
    John D. is offline Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phragmipedium
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Powhatan VA
    Posts
    79

    Default

    They will dry on their own. Just add the hanger and you are ready to go. Unless the limb was dead and infested with bugs you should not have to do anything else.

  4. #4
    mycologist's Avatar
    mycologist is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    327

    Default

    Cool, thanks!

    I hope to use a couple fairly soon - Any idea how long it takes for the sap to dry out?

  5. #5
    wetfeet101b's Avatar
    wetfeet101b is offline It's not dead! It's just permanently dormant.
    Real Name
    John
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya, Cymbidium
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Riverside, CA
    Posts
    1,332
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Would a living birch tree allow an orchid to take hold of its surface without any allelopathic reactions?
    If yes, then the cut-off logs would not do any worse.

    The only danger is that the sap oozing from the wounds (top and bottom of the log) could come in contact with the orchids roots and suffocate them when it dries.
    However, if mounted in the right location, the orchid's roots may take a while before they actually reach the top and bottom of the log. And by that time it may have completely dried out already.

  6. #6
    mycologist's Avatar
    mycologist is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    327

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Would a living birch tree allow an orchid to take hold of its surface without any allelopathic reactions?
    If yes, then the cut-off logs would not do any worse.

    The only danger is that the sap oozing from the wounds (top and bottom of the log) could come in contact with the orchids roots and suffocate them when it dries.
    However, if mounted in the right location, the orchid's roots may take a while before they actually reach the top and bottom of the log. And by that time it may have completely dried out already.
    Thanks, that is what I was hoping to hear about the sap.

    I haven't read anywhere about allelopathy or high tannin concentrations or anything like that with birch. There is some speculation that birch logs stimulate growth, but if so I don't know at what stage in the curing process:
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...od-mounts.html

  7. #7
    Bill in NYC's Avatar
    Bill in NYC is offline Junior Member
    Real Name
    Bill
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    dendros & oncidiums
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    60
    Member's Country Flag

    Default birch

    Doesn t the birch bark naturally peel off? If it does, how will the orchid roots keep hold?

  8. #8
    mycologist's Avatar
    mycologist is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    327

    Default

    I think it peels while it is growing as new periderms from the inside expand. Kind of like a molt.

    I don't know though -do they keep peeling when dry?

Similar Threads

  1. 2009 S.T.O.P. Preparing to roll out!
    By wetfeet101b in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: November 1st, 2009, 07:30 PM
  2. Finished Mounts
    By mycologist in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: May 6th, 2009, 02:58 AM
  3. Mounts and Pots
    By The Peloric Orchid in forum Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: December 8th, 2007, 10:00 PM
  4. Birch wood for mounts
    By mrBreeze in forum Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: May 27th, 2005, 12:37 PM
  5. Preparing mount materiel
    By dahlia_guy in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: June 7th, 2004, 12:09 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.