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Mounting on a tree branch

This is a discussion on Mounting on a tree branch within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all, I've been browsing about mounting...Have a tolumnia that I'd like to try to ...

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    Hello all, I've been browsing about mounting...Have a tolumnia that I'd like to try to mount, and if it takes, plan to buy and mount more for growing in my home....where I THINK I'm up for the challenge of watering and humidity.

    We recently had terrible wind storms and I was given this poplar branch by a friend that knows I've been pondering a mount....It's really too large for only 1 tol but if it takes...well, I've got a plan a'brewin'.

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    Is poplar a hard enough wood to mount on?
    Do I need to treat it for pests/fungus in any special way before mounting?
    Am I crazy to plan to mount only 1 tol with the plan of adding others to the same branch if I'm successful?


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    I'm not sure about mounting it on poplar. I would suggest either cork or if your can find tree fern totems. All of the tolumnia I have are mounted on tree fern.

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    I also read somewhere that poplar has high levels of tannins and the wood rots easily. So I had another idea, you can mount your Tol. on a smaller mount like a small cork plate and then attach that to this large nice log you have here.

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    I like Amey's idea, because that's such a nice piece of wood and would look great with some orchids hanging out on it!

    So tell us: what's the plan you've got brewing?

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    Amey's idea of the smaller mount attached to the larger sounds like it would work out nicely. Good luck.

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    As far as the log and bugs go, you can bake it in your oven. I'd recommend soaking it in water first for a day or two, then wrapping it in foil, and baking it for about an hour at 350-400F. The soaking does two things: 1) helps alleviate any concern of the wood igniting in the over (though those temps should be safe anyway), and 2) as the water turns to steam, it will do a better job of sterilizing the wood.

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    Thanks for the input all!
    Cathy- cork or tree fern, got it.
    Amey- now THAT is a great idea.... I really wanted to use the log would I mount the tols on cork and permanently attach to the log or attach in such a way that each can be removed easily and dunked for watering and then replaced? I imagine that eventually the tols roots would spread (hopefully over the log and this plan would then be impossible).
    Patty- I'm a windowsill/under lights grower and I've got this nice open, blank space in the corner where my grow table is. I'm thinking log on the wall where it would get some diffuse sun from the south window there
    with spotlight type grow light above and a drip chamber (like rectangular planter box the length of the log) below with a fogger in it to help with humidity and give me a nice misted look. Not sure about a barrier to protect the wall from moisture yet...
    Bruce- thanks I'll take your well wishes
    Pavel- wow. Good advice.... Never tried that before. Wonder if the log will FIT in my oven....?

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    Yeah, I can't speak to the tannin content, but poplar definitely rots quickly. I know that from growing up with them. I have several mounted plants, inside. I grow them in my (relatively) high-humidity area and mist them heavily virtually every single day. It can definitely be done, anyway -- go to it!

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