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This is a discussion on Mounted Orchids that extra mile within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I cant help it - touch it feel it smell it admire it! have it ...
I cant help it - touch it feel it smell it admire it! have it keep it! Always raiding the hedgerows, woodlands,lanes and orchards and can never make the return journey home empty handed. Days getting notibly longer, such a shame the rain has been a stranger. Soo much unappreciated beauty in nature from lichen colonies and patchwork quilt patterns for moss species. This for me is why life is too short and wish the world was my oyster!!
Some examples of media to give those mounted epiphytes some character and enhanced aesthetic values.
nb not everyone has access or opportunities to explore and forage natural habitats let alone determining the risks involved. I carry out these types of activity and utilize medias as said, its how my interests hobbies amusements merge but also environmentally aware for safety. There are numerous chemicals used outdoors for alsorts of reasons and the list goes on. So much to say the odd products here and there that we are completely ignorant of but toxic. i can forage and collect as im confident through time and observation that a terraria home to amphibians will remain just that after a bit of maintenance and decor change and the skins of the amphibs are not in danger of absorbing the bad stuff. Even orchids fresh with their light green tipped new roots face toxic burn on contact with hostile sources of contamination chemical or biological. USE AT YOUR DISCRETION - remember winds and breezes can carry hostile molecules.
A few ideas -