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This is a discussion on watering B little stars within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, I bought a B little stars yesterday afternoon and mounted it this afternoon. ...

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    Hi everyone,
    I bought a B little stars yesterday afternoon and mounted it this afternoon. I plan to hang it from the peak of my greenhouse roof, where it will get the most light. I'm unclear as to how to water it, though.....should I only mist the roots, dunk it in a bucket of water....?? Also, how often would you suggest? Could someone advise me, please?
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    (By the way, please don't judge my mounting job...I know it leaves quite a bit to be desired).
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    Nice one, Vicki! And the mount looks great! I only had mine for a few months and I mist it about every couple days. They like water, but don't like to stay too wet.I tend to overwater and since I mounted it she is more happy than ever! You did great!

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    It looks fine. Hang it the other way though. Let the roots be on top and the plant grow down. it will make a better display for you when it blooms.

    Regarding water: Water and let it completely dry out. Then, water again. I wonder if you really need all that sphag on the roots? If it was me, i would pull over half of that off of there and water more often.n I think the roots are going to be much prettier than a big bunch of wet sphag.


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    hey nice buy, i water mine 2x a day same as my vandas. Oh btw the mount looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    It looks fine. Hang it the other way though. Let the roots be on top and the plant grow down. it will make a better display for you when it blooms.

    Regarding water: Water and let it completely dry out. Then, water again. I wonder if you really need all that sphag on the roots? If it was me, i would pull over half of that off of there and water more often.n I think the roots are going to be much prettier than a big bunch of wet sphag.


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    I agree too much Sphag. My humidity is good. so mine get's watered 2x per week in winter 3-4 x/wk in summer

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    I agree with Bruce and Ron, way to much sphag. These guys really like to dry out between waterings and be kept wet.

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    I agree - there's way too much sphag. B. nodosa and its hybrids like to dry out out quickly after watering. Rec. would be to use only a little sphag. Stick the mounted plant in a 6" clay pot (with no medium) and let the new roots start to develop before hanging it.

    Don't water til it's dry, then soak and let it dry before watering again.

    Also, don't give it too much light until it gets established. Then, high light is okay, but regular Catt light is fine.

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    Thank you everyone.....Margo, Bruce, Randy, Ron, Smwboxer, and Michael.
    I decided to start over and redo the mount entirely. I wanted to take your advice and remove some sphag, as well as mount the orchid roots-up as you suggested, Bruce. When I got to the "roots-up part", I tried and I tried...but just couldn't get the hang of it, for some reason. I even blamed my difficulty on the mount so I ordered some cork ones. They should arrive later this week, so I'm planning to give it another shot then. Actually, much of my confusion was in positioning the foliage. I'm unclear as to whether it should lay flat against the mount or not. If it is, I don't understand how it will bushout as it grows. I think I should readup on mounting instructions more. As for watering...I appreciate your advice. If I ever get my mounting project completed, I understand better now how I should water.
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    Vicki,

    You don't have to worry about positioning the leaves. You position the roots. Take your piece of cork and put a little pad of sphag on it. Then, put the roots on top of the sphag and lay a little sphag on top of the roots - not too much. Then, simply, tie the roots and the sphag down by wrapping them with whatever you're using to tie the plant down.

    THe leaves should not be tied down at all.

    I read the response about mounting it upside down. I've only heard of only a few that should be mounted upside down (roots up), but have not heard about nodosa hybrids (or the species) being mounted upside down. The reason the others are mounted that way is because they grow that way in the wild (roots above the leaves). I don't think the nodosa grows that way, and should be mounted leaves up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brit6v View Post
    Thank you everyone.....Margo, Bruce, Randy, Ron, Smwboxer, and Michael.
    I decided to start over and redo the mount entirely. I wanted to take your advice and remove some sphag, as well as mount the orchid roots-up as you suggested, Bruce. When I got to the "roots-up part", I tried and I tried...but just couldn't get the hang of it, for some reason. I even blamed my difficulty on the mount so I ordered some cork ones. They should arrive later this week, so I'm planning to give it another shot then. Actually, much of my confusion was in positioning the foliage. I'm unclear as to whether it should lay flat against the mount or not. If it is, I don't understand how it will bushout as it grows. I think I should readup on mounting instructions more. As for watering...I appreciate your advice. If I ever get my mounting project completed, I understand better now how I should water.
    Thanks again,
    Vicki
    Hi Vicki,

    I should have given you instruction to begin with. The foliage of the plant will go below the mount. I will attach a photo of a nodosa that I have mounted. I just divided this one about two months ago and sent the large half to a friend in Virginia.

    Instructions:

    1. wet mount.
    2. wet a small bit of sphag and the little stars roots well.
    3. sit the sphag on the mount and dress the plants roots over the sphag. They should lay mostly flat. Some of the leaves will stick up, but most will hang down (especially if this has been grown in a pot for some time).
    4. use mono-filiment (fishing line) or even old panty-hose to secure the roots and sphag to the mount.
    5. Hang the mount in your growing area.

    Notice in the photo how the blooms hang down as they do when growing in the wild.
    Also of note - we use live Spanish moss instead of sphag.

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    The one in the photo below has been growing for 20 years mounted onto a clay pot. This was a gift we got in September from Gin. Thought you would like to see how big these can get.



    Cheers,
    BD

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