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Can any orchid be mounted?

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    Default Can any orchid be mounted?

    Phals, for example?
    I recently mounted a Vandofinetia blaupunkt on a big piece of bark but didn't use moss (did not know you had to) It is in a sunny window, I soak it every day (and my other mounted orchid, Panisea albidiflora, which came that way on a mass of twigs with a little sphagnum. It's a mini and has not grown much since last year--probably not enough humidity.) I guess i should add moss to keep roots humid.
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    Most orchids can be mounted if you have excellent humidity and good watering habits. Most Paphs and Phrags would also not be mounted. Terrestrials would not get mounted.

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    My thoughts exactly. I suppose theoretically you could mount any kind of orchid--but for some it just wouldn't be possible to keep them moist enough--even in a greenhouse. Phrags came to mind for me immediately as one that wouldn't like it. I have mounted phals (species mostly that don't like water in the crown), mounted neos, even some mounted dendrobium species, aerangis species etc. I don't have mounted vandas per say, but since they are all in baskets anyway, I suppose you could without any trouble. So a wide variety can be mounted and some actually do much better.

    Honestly, in your house, it is probably close to impossible to keep them moist enough to really thrive if they are mounted--even if you dunk them in a bucket everyday. You could try putting them really close to a humidifier--just to boost things up a bit. Sphag moss definitely helps as well.

    Your couple of plants there look pretty good, actually, so you must be doing something right. During the winter they'll likely slow down, so you'll just want to keep them alive. To really thrive though, I'd try increasing the humidity--particularly next spring and summer when they are really growing.

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    As a fellow east coast windowsill grower, I systematically repot the plants I like and that are only available mounted because I know that water/humidity would be a problem otherwise. The only plant I have mounted (no moss just on a 6x12" piece of wood) is a massive encyclia bractescens that I got already pretty large and it would have been impossible to "un-mount". It is using the old pseudobulbs as growing medium and is thriving. Humidity is no problem in Spring/Summer in NYC next to an open window. I have a humidifier on 24/7 in the Winter . I dunk it in the sink twice a week and spray it everyday in the Summer. But if I could have potted it, I would have done it in a heartbeat to save myself the extra challenge!
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    Default That is a gorgeous plant!

    I am so envious...I think NYC is magic for plants--don't know why!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuZCC View Post
    I am so envious...I think NYC is magic for plants--don't know why!
    Most likely something to do with ozone layer, pollution, humid summers and a lot more sun those past years than ever before, not necessarily in this order ...

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    Laurent, that is a wonderful looking plant!! Nice Growing!

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