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This is a discussion on Phal mounting options within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton LOL I would seriously consider giving my left arm ...
Sorry you're having a mini drought! However daily rains has it's drawback, in that I have had to change my potting mixture from an Oak bark mixture to straight Coarse Perlite.
With the humidity and all, the bark was getting all sorts of problems not just because it's wet all the time but would develop mold and fungus in a short period of time. I've lost a few of my favorites orchids because of it.
One day I was browsing the internet and I ran into a sight where they use nothing but perlite and were having good success. So I switched and have had less problems.
For one thing: No more ant nests and the occasional termites, slugs, snails, mold, mildew and most of all root rot from the decaying matter. It's almost impossible to over water, but now the opposite is true. I need to monitor for lack of moisture, but my losses are now minimal.
Darn if you do and darn if you don't ... I need a happy medium ... Maybe a combination of perlite and something else that don't rot?
Oh yes, with all this rain and humidity ... things don't last long. Electronics fail in a short time not to mention RUST. As my son said " Doesn't do any good to buy quality stuff, because the environment quickly deteriorates it". How true that is. Just ask my $2000.00 Yamaha Keyboard!
So, there you go folks .... Still want this environment?
LOL Yup! I could mount everything!
Monica maybe use a Muses shoe - I gave away my ruby slipper one so that's out. For those not from the area Muses is a Mardi Gras parade. The crew elaborately decorates shoes all year long to throw during the parade. It's a coveted item.
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Cue the violins....
Yeah, but you have a much better growing environment than some of us.
When I lived in coastal SC (where I am currently vacationing), we had to wash down the house with bleach to keep the mold and mildew at bay. I view that as a small price to pay for not having a $4500 heating bill for the greenhouse...
Trying to grow orchids in the dry air of Colorado is a challenge. How I wish we had 20% more humidity than we have normally.
IMO the 12' high greenhouse would be the way to go and would be cheaper to build. You also wouldn't have to worry about a wooden deck rotting eventually. 12' high would also mean that you could hang things up above by having enough crossbeams.
You could drill 1 1/2" holes into your crossbeams and run PVC pipes not only for hanging plants but also if you decide later you want a misting system. Just some Ideas running through my head. LOL