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This is a discussion on Coconut husks within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everyone! I was just wondering, has anyone considered mounting orchids like cattleya or dendrobiums ...

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    Hello everyone!

    I was just wondering, has anyone considered mounting orchids like cattleya or dendrobiums directly on pieces of coconut husks? I'm thinking of cutting the husk into maybe fourths or halfs and mounting directly without any other media.

    Anyone have any comments on how they think this would work or not work out?

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    I'm not too sure about Catts, but I have heard of people doing that with Dends.

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    I've had mounted orchids, and still do - but I'm shying away from them now.

    Humidity in New England is too low for bare-rooted or nearly so plants. And mounted plants are nearly so, even if wrapped with some moss.

    Some Catt genera go bare root, but again, if you can't offer them 60% or better humidity in the ambient air, forget about it. Dends do better, but again you have to give them a humid, moist environment, because the mounting deprives them of that.

    Also, watering becomes stringent. If you can't water them every day, or every other day (depending on the mounting and your environment), they're very unforgiving. They simply don't have the moistue reserves to hold on, and they'll croak in a hurry.

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    I have 2 Enc. that are mounted this way, if we are talking about the same thing. I bought them like this, and what the seller did was cut a coconut into fourths and just mount them on the inside husk.They like it, BUT I dont think I would mount anything myself like this. For the simple reason that they can never be flush on a wall . So I have to hang them somewhere, where they will not touch anything on the backside.


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    Hi, thanks for the responses! I'm not sure if I will be doing this or not, as I was looking to mount a few catts as well as dendrobiums that way. Now after reading your responses, I will have to think about it for a while. Besides, gotta find someone who has coconuts!

    I still may give it a try with dendrobiums at least.......don't have a problem with them hanging flat, as I plan to hang them from some trees around the yard.

    Thanks again for the input! It helps to share ideas with you all!

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    I can't help you if you're sold on coconut, but cork bark and tree fern slabs are other alternatives. If you're interested, PM me and I'll point you to good orchid supply place that sells both.

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    I planted my first dend. today and I'm using coconut husks, as I live in the Fla. Keys and have lots and lots of coconuts! I planted one of my dends on a half of a husk and it looks pretty neat!

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    I planted my first dend. today and I'm using coconut husks, as I live in the Fla. Keys and have lots and lots of coconuts! I planted one of my dends on a half of a husk and it looks pretty neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trawind View Post
    I planted my first dend. today and I'm using coconut husks, as I live in the Fla. Keys and have lots and lots of coconuts! I planted one of my dends on a half of a husk and it looks pretty neat!

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    I planted my first dend. today and I'm using coconut husks, as I live in the Fla. Keys and have lots and lots of coconuts! I planted one of my dends on a half of a husk and it looks pretty neat!
    Cool! Show us a photo! Be sure to start your own thread so everyone will see your new mounted dendrobium. BTW - Welcome to OrchidTalk.

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    Here, in South Florida, I occasionally see orchids mounted on the husk side of a half coconut shell. It looks good but I can't tell you how well it works in the long run.

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    i have one oncidium in a small plastic pot with chunks of coconut husk for growing medium, and i can say it does stay damp longer than a bark mix. at first i was unsure of the stuff, but the plant is doing okay, several months later. i don't need to water it as often as the plants around it. especially when i really wet the chunks real well. it does sponge up some water. your idea might work with some plants that like to dry out more slowly, or in the drier areas. i would give it a try, maybe get a cheap 'experimental orchid' to try it with instead of risking one of your favored plants. there are orchid supply places that sell coconut husk halves, i've seen them listed a few times.

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