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Mounting on Ecoweb or Epiweb?

This is a discussion on Mounting on Ecoweb or Epiweb? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Has anyone tried mounting orchids on Ecoweb or Epiweb? They're both artificial treefern type material. ...

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    Has anyone tried mounting orchids on Ecoweb or Epiweb? They're both artificial treefern type material. I was wondering how well it works.

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    Hi Jeff

    You got my answer elsewere but I thinkthe information could be of interest here as well.

    I have grown on Epiweb® for about 7 years in my orchid cabinet.

    My experience from the latest version of Epiweb.

    - It is an airy material! That make it dry up very fast in dry conditions.
    - It holds suprisingly large amount of water as droplet in the 3D mesh.
    - If you have high humidity it dries very slow (Water droplets evaporate slow in high humidity).
    - It does not break down.
    - UV stable.
    - Protect the roots as it is stiff.
    - Can be hard to cutwithout proper tools.
    - When you would like to divide a plant you just cut the mount into 2. Alot of negative argument against Epiweb® is that you can´t get the roots out when you need to replant/divide. But seriusly, you damage the roots extensivly in any material when you clean them from old degraded substrate. You do not need to do that with Epiweb® as it does not degrade.
    - I use fishing line to sew my orchids to the Epiweb®.
    - Pieces hook into each other, and mounts can easy be elongated by using melting glue.

    But the best is that Epiweb® DOES NOT degrade, you can have it for 10th of years without problem!

    /Magnus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus A View Post
    Hi Jeff

    You got my answer elsewere but I thinkthe information could be of interest here as well.

    I have grown on Epiweb® for about 7 years in my orchid cabinet.

    My experience from the latest version of Epiweb.

    /Magnus
    Excellent information. Thank you.

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    i have been using treefern lately. some can grow fast enough to be farmed, so there does not need to be 'destruction of the rainforest' involved if people are responsible... i would try the artificial types, but have never seen them offered for sale.

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    I too have used it, on and off for a few years. Some plants like it, others don't. (Plants are just like people, I think - all different " ) The good thing about it is that it is always the same, and you can't say that about tree-fern ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i have been using treefern lately. some can grow fast enough to be farmed, so there does not need to be 'destruction of the rainforest' involved if people are responsible... i would try the artificial types, but have never seen them offered for sale.
    I agree with you. My orchids grow really well on tree fern mounts. But it's so hot and humid in South Florida that the tree fern begins to deteriorate after just 2 or 3 years. Cork has worked well for me on some orchids but it's too dry for others. Cork seems to last a long time. I'm always looking for the perfect alternative.

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