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This is a discussion on driftwood/leptotes bicolor within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just got this sweet piece of driftwood from a pet store, it stands up ...

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    I just got this sweet piece of driftwood from a pet store, it stands up on its own and im hoping to mount my Leptotes Bicolor to it ... probably not right away because its in bud right now! I know that this orchid likes cork bark or tree fern, just wondering anyones opinions on mounting with this instead..... has lots of nooks and crannies for the roots....

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    I have mounted on driftwood and other gathered branches and roots. One needs to be sure that it is freshwater driftwood and not saltwater. Your wood is very nice...could be sandblasted grape vine and not drift wood

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    I know this is a totally unhelpful comment, but I'd just like to add that I laughed out loud when I saw this photo, because this piece of wood reminds me of a squatting dog. I think it's just the angle at which you took the photo, but I TOTALLY see two front paws, folded under hind legs, and even a nubby little tail in the back. Oh, and there's an ear that's facing the viewer, too... LOL

    Anyone else seeing this?

    Anyway, I'm not an expert on mounting... I only have one mounted orchid in my collection, and it came that way, but this is certainly a very handsome piece of wood to use! I can't wait to see the photos of your orchid on "the dog."

    Still laughing...


    That's one awesome piece of wood! (In a good way!)

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    That seems a rather big mount for such a small species as Leptotes bicolor, so you might have some space left on the mount to attach a second orchid that requires similar conditions (i.e. Laelia jongheana, pumila or sincorana are miniature species that are not much bigger than Leptotes bicolor). BTW, something I always used to do when I still grew my orchids indoors is to either bake the mount at a low heat (80-110 degrees C for several hours won't burn a wooden mount) or boil it for at least an hour before using it ... though I'm not sure that would work with your mount as it looks rather big and the heat might not penetrate all the way to the centre. Now that I grow all the mounted plants in a greenhouse I don't bother with treating the mounts anymore but back in the day I always did this to make sure I didn't introduce woodworm or fungal wood parasites such as dry rot into the house. I mention this because your bit of drift wood seems to have some tell-tale signs of woodworm on it (small perfectly round holes about 2-4 mm in diameter).
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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
    I just got this sweet piece of driftwood from a pet store, it stands up on its own and im hoping to mount my Leptotes Bicolor to it ... I know that this orchid likes cork bark or tree fern, just wondering anyones opinions on mounting with this instead
    Driftwood, Mopani, sandblasted grapevine, etc are all fine. Watering caveats aside, my biggest issue with really beautiful wood pieces is falling in love with the look of the wood's form to the point that I find it impossible to mount anything on the nicest (to me) pieces. I wind up displaying the wood instead. (I know, I'm strange that way.. )

    Quote Originally Posted by serama View Post
    BTW, something I always used to do when I still grew my orchids indoors is to either bake the mount at a low heat (80-110 degrees C for several hours won't burn a wooden mount) or boil it for at least an hour before using it ... though..
    Shouldn't be necessary. Wood pieces found in petstores are typically treated before hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    ...this piece of wood reminds me of a squatting dog.
    Struck me more as one of those squatting frog or toad statues/figurines with the gaping mouth.

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    Yes from this angle I see a miniature schnauzer pup lmfao
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    I noticed I would have more room leftover, looking for another miniature to go along with the leptotes. What would compliment it best? Thanks for all the great opinions btw
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    I saw a little english bulldog, squat kinda body type. Now if you could plant on it to enhance its obvious sculptural shape....

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
    I noticed I would have more room leftover, looking for another miniature to go along with the leptotes. What would compliment it best? Thanks for all the great opinions btw
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    I haven't grown this particular species, but I've been reading up on its culture (because, you know... it's GORGEOUS, and now of course I want one too... ) I'm thinking it might go well with a mini Oncidium, like, say a Twinkle. I have a few Twinkles and they're super easy to grow, very free-flowering, and they like very bright light and lots of water, like your Leptotes does. When I read up on the culture of the Leptotes, they said it likes to be moist, so it needs 3-5 waterings per week. I find that my Twinkles like to be watered more often than other orchids as well. They're super-fast growers and therefore pretty thirsty.

    Speaking from a purely aesthetic point of view, I think they would pair nicely for several reasons. The Leptotes is low-growing and pendant, while the Twinkle has small bulbs, upright sprays of flowers, and upright leaves, which would offer a nice contrast. You could put your Leptotes toward the top of your mount so that the pendant blooms can sort of cascade down, and your Twinkle could go on the "back" of the dog, and all the beautiful foliage would serve as an excellent backdrop for your Leptotes.

    The Twinkle comes in yellow/white, pink/white, pink/purple, and several other combos I think, too... some are all yellow, etc. They make adorable sprays of tons of very tiny flowers, which would serve as a nice backdrop to your Leptotes without taking the focus off the beautiful Leptotes blooms, because I think you want the Leptotes to be the focal point of your mount. The Twinkle wouldn't compete with it... it would just serve as a lovely, flowering "frame" for your Leptotes. The Twinkle should bloom a couple of times a year, so you could get lucky and have both plants in bloom at the same time, which would look beautiful... but just the foliage of the Twinkle is so nice that it would look very decorative behind the Leptotes.

    Anyway, that's my two cents on what would look good on "the dog," or "the frog," as Pavel sees it (I see the frog too). I think your schnauzer would look beautiful with a Leptotes on its head and a Twinkle on its back!

    Seeing how I haven't actually personally grown the Leptotes, though, there might be a better pairing. If it were me, I'd try a Twinkle first, rather than mounting two species plants together (that could be tricky... at least with the Twinkle you know you've got one super-easy bloomer on there). But hey, take my advice with a "grain of salt,"... I'd love to hear what others think you should pair your Leptotes with!

    And, of course, you simply MUST share photos of your schnauzer-wood when its all "decorated!"

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    Cool piece of wood - looks like Mopani. I have a couple like that (not as cute and doggie, though), but I'm like Pavel - I ended up just using them as decoration rather than mounting something on them, because I couldn't find an area I wanted hidden!

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