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To mount or not to mount

This is a discussion on To mount or not to mount within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I grow my orchids outsite until winter comes which in Houston is somewhere around end ...

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    I grow my orchids outsite until winter comes which in Houston is somewhere around end of November. I am thinking of mounting my entire orchid collection. Right now I have Dend, Onc and Catts, that would get mounted. Anyone see a problem with this and the species that I am thinking of mounting? Also, do you think I should wait until spring to do this?Thanks,Miller

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    As with repotting, mounting is generally best done as new roots are emerging. Older roots that have been used to life inside a pot don't always adjust well to a mounted life style. This said, mounting can be done at just about anytime ... during new root development (whenever that happens to be for the plant(s) in question) just is usually the most favorable time to do so.

    Personally, I would recomend that you do NOT mount your entire collection. It would be depressing if you killed your entire collection. Rather, pick just three or so with which to experiment. Pick the plants you least care about or most easily replaced -- not your most expensive or favorite plants. If it turns out to be a disastrous expeiment, you have lost little in the way of plants. If instead it is a rip roarin' success, then you know you got it right and can proceed to start mounting others.

    Keep in mind:
    1) Not all plants -- even within a given genera -- might like being mounted under your conditions. (Again this is why it is better, IMO, to just do a few at a time. Makes it far easier to notice any issues that arise and deal with them.)

    2) Mounted plants typically need watering FAR MORE frequently than potted ones. I do not know how humid or arid the Houston area is. RH is going to have a significant impact on the watering needs of any mounties.

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    I'm in total agreement with Pavel, the risk of losing everything isn't worth it, try them in small bunches to be on the safe side. I have 90% of my collection mounted, which consists of dens, catts, phals, schomburgkia, epis, oncs and spathoglottis. Now obviously there are ground orchids in there so mounting is not an option but I have refrained from mounting some phals and oncs because they're either too small or struggling or their needs for moisture I can't meet if they are mounted. It's all trial and error and it means you have to be monitoring them to see how they're handling the new situation. I did mine in small groups over a period of 6 -8 months. If you have no idea what your doing like me when I started, then baby steps are mandatory. Good luck with it though, nothing beats a try, and you have back up here if you have any questions or orchid emergencies.

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    Thanks for the replies! I grow my orchids outside and here in Houston we have high humidity most of the year. Also I have installed a misting system outside in my grow area to help with water and temps. As my collections is growing and the need to bring them inside in the winter approaches, I figured mounting many would cut down on the amount of creepy crawlies I would bring inside. Another factor which is more important than the first is that I can minimized the need for keeping bark and having to repot. I know I may have to get bigger mounts eventually but seems less labor intensive. I have a few that are mounted now and I find I enjoy the more natural look of the mounts more than the pots.Miller
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    I'm in total agreet of me nt with Pavel, the risk of losing everything isn't worth it, try them in small bunches to be on the safe side. I have 90% of my collection mounted, which consists of dens, catts, phals, schomburgkia, epis, oncs and spathoglottis. Now obviously there are ground orchids in there so mounting is not an option but I have refrained from mounting some phals and oncs because they're either too small or struggling or their needs for moisture I can't meet if they are mounted. It's all trial and error and it means you have to be monitoring them to see how they're handling the new situation. I did mine in small groups over a period of 6 -8 months. If you have no idea what your doing like me when I started, then baby steps are mandatory. Good luck with it though, nothing beats a try, and you have back up here if you have any questions or orchid emergencies.

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