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When to remount?

This is a discussion on When to remount? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought a mounted pleurothallis grobyi type (ecuador) at the annual orchid show and sale ...

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    I bought a mounted pleurothallis grobyi type (ecuador) at the annual orchid show and sale yesterday and in my excitement at finally finding the mini I wanted, I forgot to ask the vendor about remounting it.
    How do you tell when a plant needs to be moved to a new mount or do you just add more moss around the roots? My little plant is on a old board, has been for a couple years. The board its self seems a bit soft and I'm worried it may rot quickly. I'm making a small terrarium for humid cool growers and would like to mount it on cork bark but I'm worried about damaging my little gem.
    As soon as my camera charges, I'll get some pics of the plant so you all can help me figure out what would be best.

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    I would like to know the answer to this question also. The only method I know of is to attach the old mount to a new one and let the orchid grow onto the new mount over time. All the mounted orchids that I have, would be impossible to remove from their old mounts.

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    I have been to cloud forests and seen many Pleuros growing in situ. On one hike I did, there was not a branch in sight that did not have multi species attached to it. Each branch had a living moss cover. I would mount it on treefern and given shade, high humidity and ample air movement. Pleuro grobyi does not have to be grown cool. It is a species that can be grown in hot to cool temperatures.

    If the mount is disintegrating, I would soak it and remove as much as I could without damaging existing roots. Then attach it to a piece of treefern. I find treefern much better than cork for species that like it wet.

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    The mount isn't deteriorating quite yet but in another year or so it might be. I'll look into treefern but is really that much better? I don't care for the look of it and I have a large supply of cork.

    Here are the pic of the plant as of now. I soaked it for a bit but the mossy root ball is super hard. I'm pretty sure I will dislodge it soon and re-mount it, I don't think the roots will be damaged too much





    and the tank I have everyone for now. Sooner or later I will make it into a proper terrarium but for now, this will do. Any hints on how to keep humidity high and provide air flow? The top is cover with plastic wrap until I can get some glass cut for the lid.
    http://i49.tinypic.com/2gv1rm9.jpg

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    A small CPU fan can be used for air circulation. You can use cork as long as you keep the moss pad wet. Humidity coupled with minimal air movement is a terrific recipe for the growth of fungus and death to your orchids.

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    Thank you, I'll get a fan asap and not cover the tank as tight.

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