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    Hi again!! Does anyone here grow laeliocattleyas or brassolaeliocattleyas? I picked up a few at an orchid show back in February and they’re growing well. I was thinking of maybe mounting one for fun. Would either of these be good candidates for mounting on bark? By the way, what other types of orchids might be suitable for mounting? Thanks!!!

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    Well, just about all orchids are suitable for mounting unless they are semi-terrestrials as Phrags and Paphs. I depends on your culture. With the proper light, water, nutrients and air movement you can mount your orchid or just grow it on a piece of metal wire. The trick is finding what your conditions are suitable for. Mounted plants in general need more humidity and or need to be watered frequently. This is not always possible in a house.

    The plants you picked are excellent plants to mount and if they do not survive then you definitely should not mount orchids where you are or pay more attention to their needs(ie:water, humidity).I wrap some NZ Sphag around the root ball to help keep added moisture until the plant gets some established roots that are used to the conditions of the mount. Most plants that can take some drying out between waterings are usually good candidates to mount. Try to mount or repot you plants when new growth is starting. this gives the new roots the chance to adapt to the levels of moisture in the new medium as well as cling to the medium.

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    Thanks!!!! I'm glad these work and I'll pay extra attention to them

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    I have all but one of my equitant oncidiums mounted. The only one that isn't mounted is not doing so hot. I want to mount it but I'm haveing a VERY hard time finding cork bark. The plave I have always bought it from hiked the price from 4.95 a pound to 8.00 a pound. NO THANKS! I need to figure out what else they like to be mounted on...

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    Did you go to petsmart? They have some in the reptile section. If not there then another animal supply store.

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    OrchidTraci, have you tried sticks? They are free and imo look very cool.

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    I've got quite a bit of mine mounted. It's mostly cork but I use other material.

    Cork: BC Makai Mayumi, Bl. Richard Mueller x Blc. Gladys Oumae, 7 Bulbos, Dockrillia wasselli, Onc NOID, Phal equestris, Sigmatostalix radicans.

    Freshwater driftwood: 1 Bulbo, nodosa

    Coffee log: nodosa

    Mesquite (my neighbor trimmed his tree so I dragged home some limbs): B. cucullata, B. David Sander, Den NOID

    Wooden basket bottom: Schom. tibicinis


    Máire

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretty_bug01
    Did you go to petsmart? They have some in the reptile section. If not there then another animal supply store.
    I have been to just about every pet store in the area. They all sell HUGE pieces of grapewood and drift wood, whick would be fine if I had about 10 orchids to mount at once. The only pet store that has the cork is the one that doubled the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest
    OrchidTraci, have you tried sticks? They are free and imo look very cool.
    I haven't tried sticks, probaby because I have no trees in my yard. I'd have to ask a neighbor for some sticks. Don't sticks get sappy?

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    best to use sticks that are already dry. Hardwoods work best, like fruit trees, oak, madrone.

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