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Mounting orchids on cacti wood

This is a discussion on Mounting orchids on cacti wood within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I think the brassavola will probably do really good, i have seen them mounted and ...

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    I think the brassavola will probably do really good, i have seen them mounted and they look awesome but you will have to water them more often and your humidity have to be a little bit hight

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    Personally, I'd do the brassavola on the cactus wood.

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    I had it mounted before, but in a really small sort of log (bought it mounted on that). I have a high humidity where I live (70% to 90% depending on the season).

    I mounted it today. I will report the changes around... summer?. The Brassavola is pretty bad right now, a whole lot of pests attacked it this summer. It's clear now but it looks bad. So I hope for an improvement, hehe. Brought it inside too so it's under lights now.

    Thanks everybody!

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    I don't think Miltoniopsis would do very well on it - they need their roots dampish all the time I find ; but what we used to call the Brazilian Miltonias - things like M spectabilis, I have grown on treefern, very successfully, and it looks similar.
    But one thing I do know from my observations in rain forests etc ; you can't tell just by looking at the tree ; some trees are laden with orchids, others nary a one. Some characteristic of the bark I suppose .

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    Nope, I was talking about true Miltonias (brazilian Miltonias, Miltonia flavescens in my case).

    Now I want another one of these to try on the Miltonias! Hehehe. Oh well, I'll have to wait until somebody travels again.

    That's why I always wonder if it would be good or not! I had troubles when I wanted to transplant the Miltonias because I didn't know which wood to use.

    Thanks!

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    As promised, here is my experience with this type of wood.

    I can't say yet if the Brassavola likes it or not. I don't think it was the best plant to mount on this kind of wood, a Miltonia would have been better. The reason? Takes a looong time to dry off! With this wood you don't need any sort of moss or anything, especially if you are in a moderately humid climate, or indoors in a humid climate. It's indoors right now and it's been three days since I watered the Brassavola. I didn't add anything on it (moss, coconut fiber, etc), and it still has water on the wood. It's sort of like potting it, but with more air circulation. My fear is that this will be too wet for the Brassavola, but we'll see this in some time.
    I'd recommend it! Get some for your fine-rooted orchids if you can.

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    Thanks for the update on the brassavola mounted on that wood. I had mounted a brassavola on a piece of driftwood, and it loves its' new home! Please keep in touch, and let us know "how" its doing...By the way, what is your first name? Thanks, Betty :-)

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    It's too soon to tell, but if I notice any difference I'll add it here. It was mounted on another piece of wood, unknown origin but I was sold the plant in that branch. The Brassavola was suffering from dryness because it doesn't have many roots, but hopefully that will change now, hehe.

    My first name is Paula . I should add that to my profile.

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    Hey there! Another update. I've moved to a dryer climate and the wood is just PERFECT for the Brassavola. I'm going to ask a friend to bring more. It has developed more roots and more new growths. I'd consider it a "saved" plant .

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    Congratulations, Paula! Where do you live now?

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