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Pot. Mem. Irene Feil.... mounted

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    Default Pot. Mem. Irene Feil.... mounted

    Sorry, no blow by blow. I just wanted to get it done.

    I pulled it out of semi-hydro this afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how well the roots were doing. I was concerned because some of the roots on the surface had dried up. I only had to cut out about 15-20% of the roots.

    I wanted to mount it lower and let it grow up the sides (it has new growths coming from both ends of the plant), but the root mass was too large and fit better in the pocket at the bottom of the wooden piece. See this thread for a better shot of the wood pre-mounting:

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...direction.html

    I put a couple of brass nails in the back and obtained a thin piece of copper wire. Next I places some sphag, then the plant and then packed some more sphag around the roots after strapping it in with the wire. I am hoping the existing and new roots that are emerging from the 3-4 new growths will attach and secure the plant to the wood.

    Now I just need to find a place to put it where it will get enough light!! The one place I wanted to put it is too short and the leaves touch the lights.
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    That looks great.
    I would not worry about the roots taking hold. Cattleya roots will attach themselves to stainless steel if given the chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    That looks great.
    I would not worry about the roots taking hold. Cattleya roots will attach themselves to stainless steel if given the chance
    So true. I could not believe it yesterday when I was trying to get a few orchids ready for a friend. The cattleyas that I wanted to give her had attached themselves not only to their respective pots andtheir neighbor's pots, but also to the hanging cables for the orchids hanging below them! argh!

    The mount looks really nice, Steven. I look forward to the blooms!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    That looks great.
    I would not worry about the roots taking hold. Cattleya roots will attach themselves to stainless steel if given the chance
    Yeah, even though it had been in s/h for only a few weeks the roots were already attaching to the leca media! Not so stuck that I had to pry them away, but attached non-the-less.

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    Beautiful Steven! A very special mount for the orchid honoring your mother. I'm assuming you have humidity issues in Idaho, like I do--how do you care for your mounts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera View Post
    Beautiful Steven! A very special mount for the orchid honoring your mother. I'm assuming you have humidity issues in Idaho, like I do--how do you care for your mounts?
    LOTS of spraying (1-2 times a day) and a good soak 1-2 times a week. My nodosa is putting out tons of new growth. I only got one spike on it this spring and it blasted, maybe due to low humidity or just because it is a newer division? I am hoping for better luck next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoOrchid View Post
    LOTS of spraying (1-2 times a day) and a good soak 1-2 times a week. My nodosa is putting out tons of new growth. I only got one spike on it this spring and it blasted, maybe due to low humidity or just because it is a newer division? I am hoping for better luck next year.
    Heh. It's so dry here that my new little nodosa quite likes its s/h pot!

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    Beautiful mount, Steven!

    It's reminiscent of those lawn Madonna statues, which is absolutely appropriate, I think!

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