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Mounting the entire rootball

This is a discussion on Mounting the entire rootball within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've only mounted a few orchids so far, so I don't have much experience. This ...

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    Default Mounting the entire rootball

    I've only mounted a few orchids so far, so I don't have much experience. This little cattleya was in a 2 1/2" plastic pot so I decided to just mount the whole plant with the root-ball and medium intact. It started growing roots faster than any of my other mounts. I figured I could cut away the old roots once the plant is established on the mount. Has anyone else tried the technique? What is your experience?
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    Jeff, I think its working well. I've always splayed mine out. I think the next time I will try your way.

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    I mounted a Blc. Goldenzelle `Lemon Chiffon'. I had broke the pot on an old large plant and decided to mount it a year or so ago. While it took off on the mount it has yet to bloom. The entire thing is about 4 foot tall.

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    That's a big plant to put on a mount, Cathy. I'd love to see a picture of it when it blooms.

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    Its a big piece of sandblasted driftwood, Jeff. I would love to see it bloom as well I think it will be a bust. Its floppy now and how the heck am I going to stake the darn blooms. Poor thinking on my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Its a big piece of sandblasted driftwood, Jeff. I would love to see it bloom as well I think it will be a bust. Its floppy now and how the heck am I going to stake the darn blooms. Poor thinking on my part.
    You make a good point. When I was deciding which orchids to mount I figured that one quality to look for was orchids with self supporting spikes. So far I've only mounted mini-catts, an oncidium and two phals with short flower spikes.

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    Smart move, Jeff. Not so much me.

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    I have an Angraecum sesquipedale that I mounted without disturbing the root ball, just pulled it out of the pot and wedged it on to a cypress knot I was given it took fine and later I went back and cleaned up the old roots. I have mounted plants both ways with soaking and splaying the roots out, or just transferring it the way it is. I 've had sucesses and failures both ways, but it sounds like you have a smart plan, good luck.

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    All of my Orchids were taken straight from the pot and place on mounts. All have attached fine and are growing well. I will, as Ed stated, go back later and clean up older dead roots. All my mounting was done throughout this year so I can't wait for them to fully attach so I can remove the twine.

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    Wow basically all are going towards the natural way how the orchids grow in nature....bravo love to see all the progress from time to time.

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