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Phal bellina

This is a discussion on Phal bellina within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought one from a local orchid nursery. It is potted in a loose bark ...

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    I bought one from a local orchid nursery. It is potted in a loose bark mix. The grower told me that he uses this type of mix for his species phals that like a drier conditions. It is a fairly large plant with two spikes. My question...all of my friends on OT have told me to mount species...Should I?
    One the most interesting things I noticed about this plant is like vandas it has the pale green banding at the crown where the new growth is. I've never noticed that in a phal before?
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Cathy, I am sure someone from the forum gives you advise. Since I kill phals so fast and they do not like me, I am staying away from them although some of those mounted ones are tempting. Maybe you should mounted it with its crown facing down so that the water does not stay on.
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    For what it is worth, my species phals that are mounted do much better than the ones I have potted. AND my phal hybrids (typical phals in stores) do better in pots. I think that the ones in pots retain moisture much longer and that is necessary for that type plant. My specie phals (even primary hybrids) prefer to be mounted it seems.

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    I agree. I've heard from several sources that sp. Phals generally seem to do better when mounted. I recently mounted a seedling bellina on a tree fern slab, and it has already started to produce a new leaf, so I'm thinking it likes being there! (I don't have a lot of experience with mounted Phals, but I always mount them facing down. I like they way they look, and it does keep water out of the crowns).
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    Hi Cathy,
    Here I have few option to follow
    P1 Just put bellina into basket with fern or coconut husk still ok they love it but the limitation here (provide adequate water and fertilizer)
    P2 I attached wild bellina to cutting of PVC covered with coconut husk initially grow very well but once the the fertilizer cut off or lack of water the subsequent leaf getting smaller. (Water and fertilizer so important)
    P3 Used pot with Charcoal and little bit of spag also do very well like here bellina alba almost about 5 years insitu.
    P4 attached to tree bark with less light copy similar like natural environment will give fantastic result again water and fertilizer is important to maintain the leaf span.
    I hope this will help your doubt.
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    I mount my bellina on a wooden slab/branch and it's one of my better growing phals. Zainal is the expert on the growing of species phals and any advice from him is good.

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    Thank you everyone. I appreciate the help. I bought some pecky cypress slabs and I think I will mount it to one of them.

    Zain your growing is amazing.

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