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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; Hello. I went on a trip last week and I brought some cacti ( Trichocereus ...

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    Default Mounting orchids on cacti wood

    Hello. I went on a trip last week and I brought some cacti (Trichocereus pasacana also called Echinopsis atacamensis) wood. I bought one that is slightly rounded, like most barks used for orchids. I wanted to experiment with it. Do you think it would be suitable to grow orchids on it? Has anybody tried?

    Here is a pic of the raw wood:



    And another pic of how this wood looks:



    It's not very rough but it's very porous.

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    Never tried it, but my guess is that they'd be pretty happy on it. Do you know if it is long-lasting or not?

    If you try it, let us know how it goes.

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    I don't know how well it will tolerate water. Looks long-lasting besides that, there are even houses made of this wood. But I'll probably give it a shot soon.

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    I bet that the orchids will LOVE it! They can dig their roots into all the nooks and crannies. Because it is so porus, it won't hold a lot of water...:-( Try it and let us know?! ) Betty :-)

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    It looks like something they would take to.

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    Phals will love it. Bulbo will be otherwise.
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    What did you decide? What orchid are you thinking of mounting on it. It looks great to me.

    Cheers,
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    Well, I don't have a lot of orchids. I was thinking about maybe a Miltonia, or a Brassavola. I have to transplant both, I was going to put both on a pot instead of wood. Miltonia would do better, right?

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    Would Brassavola do ok?

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    Hola, I think it should be very suitable as the many holes allow for ample air circulation/flow which orchids love. If you live in a dry area I would add some shredded coconut fibers in the root area before mounting to keep some moisture as the wood looks very dry. Good luck!

    Cheers, Michael

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