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Superglue anyone ?

This is a discussion on Superglue anyone ? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; of course you can use superglue we--i mean korean --use crazy glue when we mount ...

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    of course you can use superglue
    we--i mean korean --use crazy glue when we mount fuuran on stone or wood.
    we use dried or dead root only. and then rest of the roots are going to attach themselves.
    it might sounds weird but if you use no sphagnum moss at all, orchid's roots will attach quicker and better.
    actually hospital uses superglue to seal a cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phalaenopsis72 View Post
    of course you can use superglue
    we--i mean korean --use crazy glue when we mount fuuran on stone or wood.
    we use dried or dead root only. and then rest of the roots are going to attach themselves.
    it might sounds weird but if you use no sphagnum moss at all, orchid's roots will attach quicker and better.
    actually hospital uses superglue to seal a cut.
    Thanks for that. Yes, I think I was told that my wife had superglue used on the titanium hip joint she now has (just think what fun aka hassle we are going to have every time we try to get through security at an airport).
    As to wood, the material i find very good - but of course as an English native bush it may not be found everywhere -is gorse. A prickly bush in the pea and bean family. It grows on the moors and heathlands here, which often burn in dry summers . Usually the thicker branches , up to say 4 cm diameter or perhaps a bit bigger, remain. They are very hard and I have to use a power tool to saw them, so will probably last very well. I have put some cattleya species on them, straight out of the flask, no moss, just cotton to tie them on, and the roots are 15 cm or more long within a year, and needless to say, the bulbs are getting bigger on each growth.
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    I've used aquarium silicone for several years. Small dabs in several spots wait till it is tacky and press orchid into it. leave it for an hour or so and after it dries hang as usual. Its safe for fish and aquatic plants. I have a friend that had used it and after seeing his plants I tried it. Works well.

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    I used that exactly for many of my Tillandsias and some Tolumnias for several years now. The only minus to it is that you have to somehow manage to keep the plant in place till the silicone cures which is usually 6-8 hours.
    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I've used aquarium silicone for several years. Small dabs in several spots wait till it is tacky and press orchid into it. leave it for an hour or so and after it dries hang as usual. Its safe for fish and aquatic plants. I have a friend that had used it and after seeing his plants I tried it. Works well.

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    I let mine get tacky, Amey. I guess the right words would be "almost cured" When it is almost cured you have to push the plant through the blob of which there are several. Wait another hour or so and its has hardened off. Does that make sense?

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    Do you put the silicone on the dead roots too Cathy? I have used that type on an aquarium repair recently, still have some left I think, will try that some time. Or the superglue if the silicone is gone. I love this place!! Where would you get info like this?!

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    Tamara, I sort of test fit the plant. I look for the most logical few spots that will hold it snugly and then I add a few dollops of the silicone in those places. after waiting I push the plant down firmly and wait till it cures.

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    I mounted a Tillandsia with clear silicone. I used it the same way I use liquid nail for projects in theatre. Just fit the plant on the mount so you can see where it needs to be secured, mark with sharpie (both plant and mount), then apply the silicone to the mount, press the Tillandsia in place and then remove it. Let both sit for about 10 minutes, then repress together. Leave the mount flat for 24 hours and it is ready to hang.

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    You can always just tie it to the mount with whatever while your choice of glue cures...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    The only minus to it is that you have to somehow manage to keep the plant in place till the silicone cures which is usually 6-8 hours.
    Twist ties would make that very easy, Amey. Once silicone cures just remove the twist ties.

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