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I'm so proud of myself

This is a discussion on I'm so proud of myself within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I mounted my first orchid on a slab of bark today! I'm doing the happy ...

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    I mounted my first orchid on a slab of bark today! I'm doing the happy dance. I thought it would be so hard, but it was quite easy. It isn't lined up the way I wanted, but oh well. In the wilderness orchids just find a place to grow, whether it be perfectly in line with a tree or not. I 'm so excited!

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    OT, in my humble opinion, mounting orchids on bark or a cork slab is the best way to display them: you really get the idea of what they look like "out there," beyond our pots and our ideas of what makes a "good houseplant.' Good for you!

    So here's some advice (maybe you didn't want any but I'm giving you some just the same...)

    I don't know how you mounted it (that pic you promised???) but, a little sphagnum moss tucked between the plant and the mounting works wonders. It helps keep the plant moist so you don't have to water it every day, (otherwise, without moisture-retaining medium to grow in, you will have to water the plant constantly to keep it thriving...) and sphagnum is a natural fungicide as well.

    About running a fan on your growing area: it does wonders in terms of keeping pests and diseases down, and the plants seem to just downright *like it*. Just remember that all of that air movement will dry things up faster, so keep an eye on your media's moisture retention.

    I see a greenhouse going up really soon here......


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    I put the sphag moss on top of the roots, it was suggested to me so that the roots have a better chance of attaching to the medium. I have to see if I can charge my batteries for the cam. I mounted my oncidium Barbie also, it is so wild!!

    I also spent a whopping 5 bucks for a 5 inch fan for the room these ones are in I figure it will give the air *just* enough movement.

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