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Finished Mounts

This is a discussion on Finished Mounts within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I thought this pictoral story of tragedy and redemption might be entertaining. Our poor birch ...

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    I thought this pictoral story of tragedy and redemption might be entertaining.



    Our poor birch tree on the right foreground this winter:

    ended up looking like this:



    I couldn't see using it for firewood and found out here that they work well for mounts.



    Unfortunately, the sheet moss from the box store smelled horrible when wetted, so I had to dig into the reserve stash - I am quite fond of my mosses in the back and really try not to disturb them, but this was a worthy cause. The mounding stuff does not work well, it is too waxy:



    You need the felty stuff:



    Add an orchid - Bulbo lobii 'Kathy's Gold' AM/AOS HOS:


    I decided this one needed a perch:



    For the rest I mounted the plant to the bark (Epi stamfordianum):


    Then added the moss with more fishing line:

    Darwinara Charm 'Blue Star', HCC/AD/AOS




    And, happy orchids I hope will redeem our sad tree (from left is Ascocenda Princess Mikasa 'Select', Epi, Darwinaria, Bulbo ):

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    Great Job, they are beautiful !! What a wonderful way to make those diamonds out of stones.
    Cin

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    Good job, should make for an interesting presentation when they bloom.

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    They look great.

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    Very nice. I am sure that your orchids will thrive on these mounts. I don't think I've ever seen moss like that grow anywhere around these parts.

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    Hey I can't believe you have access to endless quantities of moss in your back yard -so jealous! What a great idea to mount those orchids! They look beautiful!

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    That's great!

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    Thanks,

    If I had it to do over I would stay away from the fancy fishing line, it seems to sort of fluoresce blue in the light.

    I am very tempted to turn the Ascocenda upside down too - do you think it would mind? I could just put the hook on the other end.

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    Ascocendas (and pretty much all vandas) prefer to grow upright.
    Even if you turn it upside down, once it establishes do not be surprised if it starts to bend upward again.

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    Thanks,

    I'll keep it the way it is then.

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