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Tolumnia sylvestris

This is a discussion on Tolumnia sylvestris within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am new here and thought I would try posting a question that I have. ...

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    Question Tolumnia sylvestris

    I am new here and thought I would try posting a question that I have. I hope I have put this in the right place. Since I am new I have been looking at and reading a lot of the older posts. I came across one that was exactly what I was looking for. Back in July and August of 2010 there was a thread about Tolumnia's and especially a Tolumnia velutina (which looks exactly like my Tolumnia sylvestris). In this thread a member - Tom-19952 showed some pictures of his in a basket. I would love to do that with my plant since it has outgrown the small pot it is in. My question is does anybody know what to plant the Tolumnia in when you put it in a basket? I know they have to dry out quickly. I didn't think that bark would be a good media because the roots are so fine but I don't know what would be better. I could sure use some help with the answer to this question I have. Thank you in advance for for any assistance anyone can give me.

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    I think you will find the roots do not want to be buried they just want something to cling to.

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    Mine (2 ) are mounted, with a little moss around them. You're correct...They DO LIKE to dry quickly! Other than that I would put it in a basket with a liner of woven porus plastic. Then fill with pea gravel to anchor the orchid. It will dry quickly this way. Betty

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    I have had a few tolumnia. They are great little plants. The most successful ones i've seen are mounted or in a small basket. Mine when bought were in tiny clay pots, one I simply bought a larger clay pot and smashed the first one open so the roots could climb out (being lazy that day i guess). I added a few more pieces of bark to go between the two pots. I gave it to a friend awhile back and according to her it's covered the new pot now too. The other two I had got overrun by bugs when I had surgery a couple years ago now. If I buy any again...they'll go on wood.

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    I have killed several and can attest to the fact that they do not like to be potted where they cannot get air. Maybe my next one will be grown mounted.

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