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This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis - on a tree? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am quite sure many people have either asked or tried what I am about ...
I am quite sure many people have either asked or tried what I am about to ask you all. Since Phals are epiphytes on trees, rock, etc would it be in its best interest to mount it on a tree, cork, or some other mounting device? And if so, would you just let the inflorescence do what it wants to do as well? Thanks for your help.
Um...actually I have a phal mounted on a stick. I tied it down and dunk it along with my vandas. Because of the more natural position it doesn't matter that I dunk the whole plant....it seems to like it. But this particular Phal has been kind of funny about pots anyways. No matter how dry I let it get the roots kept rotting off. So, on the advice of a local nursery I stuck it on a nice rough stick with a couple nubs at the bottom for grip. It's doing famously and growing new roots. I stuck clumps of sphagnum between the green wrap tie stuff I used. I have to water it alot, but like I said, this one was weird anyways. Most people stick with pots as it is much easier like BD said. Besides, compared to BD, I am a rank amatuer and in time may take it off the stick, this is a new experiment for me.
In Ohio you are going to have to bring it in for the winter--phals don't really like snow. But inside, if you were willing and able to water it frequently, then it could probably work.
Snow is coming again tonight so I better bring in my Dendrobium, as well! I am going to mount one and see how it goes. Thanks for all of your help.
I have quite a few mounted on slabs roots up leaves down to keep water from sitting in the crown, the roots are against the mount with some Spag. (over them ) I use strips of panty hose over the Spag. and roots until it attaches . Gin
If you are willing to spritz and water you can mount your Phals I have several growing on trees, slabs and basket squares. I like to mount them so the crown in hanging down so they don't collect water.