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Mounted Phals- going natural

This is a discussion on Mounted Phals- going natural within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi folks I want to just share some pics of my phals that I am ...

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    Default Mounted Phals- going natural

    Hi folks I want to just share some pics of my phals that I am mounting on pieces of guava tree wood which is a very hard wood, it is as close as possible to the way they grow in the natural environment I believe and should grow profusely and also give me some lovely flower spikes, one of the pics will show the vibrant root system on the one I did this afternoon and also it is on a very long piece of wood where I think I want to put another one, maybe even three in all but I will have to think about it. I have used sphagnum underneath the coconut fiber.

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    this shows the piece of wood I might mount one or two more on. Please give your thoughts

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    I forgot to also put this shot of the whole root system and to say that this was in a clay pot and was clinging on so tightly to it I gently pulled them out no damage really and this is what I found beautiful young roots Name:  CIMG0569a.jpg
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    Well done. I used to mount only species phal but now I mount all my phals including the hybrids and I find that they just love it. Your choice of wood is very interesting and I see that in the second picture a new root has already attached itself to it. An observation here : I see that you have retained the bark. My experience has shown that after a period of time the bark peels off and the roots become detached from the main piece of wood and left hanging in the air attached to the pieces of bark but not anchored to the wood. So now I peel off the bark and leave the pieces of wood to season for some time before mounting orchids on them.

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    Catttan thanks but that bark is very hard to peel off so that is why I have left it on, and in the second pic the root you see is not really clinging, there are lots of roots that had been clinging inside and onto the pot and so they just stayed in that position and it looks like it has attached itself but has only been mounted yesterday so they are not attached to the wood as yet, there are three trees I use , poui, guava and sapodilla they are all hard wood trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggs View Post
    Catttan thanks but that bark is very hard to peel off so that is why I have left it on, and in the second pic the root you see is not really clinging, there are lots of roots that had been clinging inside and onto the pot and so they just stayed in that position and it looks like it has attached itself but has only been mounted yesterday so they are not attached to the wood as yet, there are three trees I use , poui, guava and sapodilla they are all hard wood trees.
    I know only the guava but am not familiar with the other 2. If possible, I use driftwood because I find these beautiful and usually long-lasting as the softer sap-wood have since been weathered away. But driftwood is hard to come by nowadays and very expensive if bought from garden centres and aquarium shops. I'm very lucky to have obtained a small supply of teak branches when the local town council workers trimmed the teak trees that were planted along some roads in our locality. However these have to be left out in the open to weather for some time to get rid of the sap/oil or whatever as the orchid roots don't seem to like to stick to the 'fresh' teak wood (my experience). Good luck with your phal mounting.

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    Nice work!!

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    I have been thinking of trying a few of mine on wood, they are struggling along in their pots. The heat and humidity has them all sulking right now. Seeing yours gives me ideas...thanks for sharing. I think i'll try one of my droopier ones first...

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    well Connie, I got tired of trying to gauge when they would need watering and if I would over water them, also I had them inside my living room area and getting a bit too crowded for plant pots and then no sun at all, too much sun on my back steps so I decided that was too much suffering for all of us and where I have them now is along the wall at the side of my apartment, they are all in a cool spot shaded but still bright until about eleven thirty to around one pm in sun then the rest of the afternoon shaded not under anything else but the blue sky, so they get both rain and sun, I have mounted four of them so far and well I have another one which has flowers so I am not touching that until when there are no flowers again.

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