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mounting on "fresh" wood?

This is a discussion on mounting on "fresh" wood? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I have a project in mind for an Encyclia that I've had for years. ...

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    Default mounting on "fresh" wood?

    So I have a project in mind for an Encyclia that I've had for years. I kept it potted in Cali, because the humidity was pretty low. Now that we've moved to Florida, I'd like to mount it. It's a "large" plant and buying driftwood is not an option. My idea is to texturize and layer untreated hardwood lumber using spacers. I see lots of orchids mounted onto weathered lumber. Will "fresh" non pressure-treated hardwood work? Any advice or concerns are appreciated! And if this works out, I'd like to document the process for others. TIA
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    Florida can be tough on wood, the sun and rain can rot or crack the wrong wood in no time and some woods I believe can still have resins in them, I believe pine is bad to use for that reason, all my mounts are on tree fern, cork or live trees. I have used the wooden cedar garden stakes you can get at a box store to stake some vandas in my garden and the roots love those, and they are cheap. good luck

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    I use Kwila decking only after the offcuts have spent at least a year outside in the weather.
    It needs that to get most of the tannins out,then it is fine.And being decking it lasts quite a while.

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