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Brassavola nodosa - pot or mount?

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    Everything above is correct, it really depends on your environment and condition.
    I have2 of them , one in pot and one hanging vanda basket, both are improving.

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    I don't have a lot of experience, but I had one small one that was potted and about to die. I mounted it and it started to take right off. I also have another that I got mounted and that thing is going crazy. Didn't bloom yet this year, but it is getting so many new roots I am not sure where to grab the mount to take it down and water it!! My 2 cents.

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    Bob!!!!!!!!!!! Worth pointing out that a mount can be anything you want any shape or form. In order to reach a compromise with the wife until greenhouse appears, a simple piece/ chunk of tropical fish aquarium bog wood (or pre soaked driftwood) that can sit on the window sill in a tray/ saucer will suffice. Not mandatory to hang/ suspend.

    The surface of the media used for mounting needs to be semi permeable (minimal slight absorbtion of water) and coarse /rough so roots get a grip and cling.

    I tried railway sleepers (got the circular saw out and everything) unaware that they are extremely toxic, presoaked in chemicals/ poisons. Lost an arm and a foot in the process but its all about learning curves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    Bob!!!!!!!!!!! Worth pointing out that a mount can be anything you want any shape or form. In order to reach a compromise with the wife until greenhouse appears, a simple piece/ chunk of tropical fish aquarium bog wood (or pre soaked driftwood) that can sit on the window sill in a tray/ saucer will suffice. Not mandatory to hang/ suspend.

    The surface of the media used for mounting needs to be semi permeable (minimal slight absorbtion of water) and coarse /rough so roots get a grip and cling.

    I tried railway sleepers (got the circular saw out and everything) unaware that they are extremely toxic, presoaked in chemicals/ poisons. Lost an arm and a foot in the process but its all about learning curves!
    Thanks for the ideas. I hope they were reattached. It's could be hard to repot with only a foot a one hand!

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    Interesting reading all the recommendations for brassavola in either pots, baskets or slabs. Growing these is one of my dreams! ( I have a burning desire to grow a specimen size Lady of the Night) I'm proud to say, I've killed them growing all 3 ways. The potted one grew the longest--actually until a power outage resulted in my restarting my orchid collection. Next one, I think I'll strt with a pot...

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    My potted nodosa didn't survive the gloomy, cooler Ohio autumn while mounted 'Little Stars' is about to be covered in blooms! I'm definitely going to replace my nodosa with a mounted one.
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    I have mine potted. Growing in practically full sun. Grew a lot of new leaves this year, but only one flower stalk with two flowers. The plant has been growing roots non-stop since I have had it.

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    I've had two nodosas...one potted and one mounted. I killed them both. One by rot, the other just wouldn't grow. I got a Brassavola hybrid recently and put in in a clay pot with hydroton topped-dressed with moss. I now have tons of roots and lots of new growth. Ya just gotta figure out what is best for your INDIVIDUAL conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose R. Nieves View Post
    Bob:
    All the above are correct. It depends a lot on your growing conditions However, I have noticed that the really large ones (specimen size) are either mounted or in baskets. Here we usually mount them in tree fern slabs, attached to palms even on a PVC pipe! If potted it should be in large pieces of whatever media you decide. They like charcoal a lot, don't know why. This extends to it's primary hybrids where vegetative aspect of nodosa dominates.
    Jose
    We have ours mounted. But it really does depend on how you like to grow and care for your orchids. Good luck!

    cheers,
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