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    Default Superglue anyone ?

    I have just been making a batch of mounts -pieces of cork oak bark - i.e. the natural cork, to mount a number of phallie species which are on their way to me. (Please don't tell me not to use mounts for these BTW !). The question is how to attach the plants.
    I have used most of the conventional things in the past - nylon fishing line which doesn't rot, but which I find difficult to knot whilst keeping the winding tight ; poly' string which doesn't rot and looks unsightly ; ordinary bass garden string which will eventually rot ( good - the plant roots should be attached by that time - but bad when it rots too soon ) but is a bit clumsy: my wifes holey tights cuts into narrow strips - quite a good idea in that the plant will grow over them, but the knots do stand out like sore thumbs.
    Todays brainwave, whilst slaving away on the treadmill at the gym -( I have to think of something - and the tv set attached shows puerile programmes first thing in the morning) - why not use superglue ?
    After a lifetime as a lawyer dealing with patents and inventions, I know that most bright ideas have been thought of before - has this one ? Have you tried it ? Did it work ? Why not ? Do share your experiences please !

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    I use aluminum bonsai wire because it works and is soft, and because I have a ton of it from back in my bonsai days. But I can say that Dr Martin Motes uses "liquid nails" which is for a caulk gun I believe. He uses it for mounts and for attaching Vandas to trees. Just put your leftover cartridge in the freezer for long term storage so it doesn't dry out (I would also bag it first to protect the food in your freezer).

    By the way, he says that he has tried everything and has gotten the best results from liquid nails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gage View Post
    I use aluminum bonsai wire because it works and is soft, and because I have a ton of it from back in my bonsai days. But I can say that Dr Martin Motes uses "liquid nails" which is for a caulk gun I believe. He uses it for mounts and for attaching Vandas to trees. Just put your leftover cartridge in the freezer for long term storage so it doesn't dry out (I would also bag it first to protect the food in your freezer).

    By the way, he says that he has tried everything and has gotten the best results from liquid nails.
    Thanks:if it's good enough for him,it's good enough for me. I am pretty sure it what is sold over here as "no nails" with an advert showing a workman in overalls "fixed" to the wall with his feet off the ground . I 'll give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Thanks:if it's good enough for him,it's good enough for me. I am pretty sure it what is sold over here as "no nails" with an advert showing a workman in overalls "fixed" to the wall with his feet off the ground . I 'll give it a try.
    Lol, sounds like the same stuff. I do like the idea of being able to mount an orchid without seeing any wire, maybe I will try it.

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    Haven't tried the liquid nails. But I have used garden twist ties (the green plastic coated wire like that used to keep the plastic bags on items like bread closed) and brown thread. The twist ties are used to hold the plant and moss in place whilst winding and knotting the thread. No issues yet with the cotton thread rotting away too quickly and the brown blends in quite easily with the moss and wood. It should be noted, however, that my mounts are all mini's for which thread is more than amply strong enough.

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    OK, now there's an idea. I how ever can't say the liquid nail is sold here, but I am sure it's an arm and a leg. My question is were exactly on the orchid would you put it? On the rhizome? Wouldn't that eventually grow and shift on the mount? I use soft gauge wire, twist ties and my sister's old stockings depending on the plant. Can you take pics as you do it so I can see please Geoff?

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    I use either fishing line or pantyhose and put the knots on the back of the mount. I would be afraid of the chemicals in the liquid nails harming the plant. I have heard of people using super glue to attach air plants to a mount.

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    I have also actually nailed a plant to a tree...recently. lol I've also used twine and while it rots, roots grow fast here so it balances out. I love the twist tie stuff, although it can be difficult to remove later on...if you get too lazy and don't take it off fast enough. ahem... Mostly I use twine, and then remove it when it gets mushy. I make sure I spray every week during the summer, with anti-fungals to keep the twine from making the plant sick since anything that holds moisture here grows black mold and bacteria.

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    I've heard of people using hot glue. Seems that it would damage the tissue. I use some sort of garden wire....its like florist wire.
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    For my mount,i use the green yarn from my cross stitch.it look natural and never cut the root like fishing line.

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