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Brassavola nodosa - pot or mount?

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    Default Brassavola nodosa - pot or mount?

    Hello all -

    I have a Brassavola nodosa which I received in a 3" pot. It is very healthy and needing repotting. I have searched the forum and have seen most of the nodosa's are mounted. Being a windowsill grower I would prefer potting it but will mount if you "pro's" tell me to. I'd use the bathroom to water and mist.

    Should I repot this guy or start my mounting collection? If potting is OK, what medium should I use. It's currently in what looks like 100% charcoal.

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    I've seen them in pots as well as mounted. As long as it seems happy in the charcoal i'd leave it. I've seen them potted in regular large grade mix and do well also.

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    I'd second, Connie -- whatever works best for you. This is part of the "learning curve" with orchids.




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    I have nodosa mounted. It's doing well, but only gives me a couple of spikes each time. I have a Little Star in basket that is giving me more than 20 spikes this year. Since I don't have misting system, only water them when I get to, I wonder if mounted one doesn't get enough humidity as basketed one.

    So, I think it depends on your grow environment...

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    Mine is potted, and I have seen good-sized potted specimens. I'd say whatever works best for you.

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    I agree with the above. Try it and see. As for me I have lost 3 that I grew in pots. I have a mounted one now and have had it for over a year. It is growing like crazy and it is blooming and has 5 more spikes. I water it every two or three days and mist it if I think about it. Good luck and hope to see pics of yours when it rewards you with blooms.

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    I have one potted in a mix of PrimeAgra (clay balls) tree fern and large perlite (sponge rock). Seems very happy with a spike on every new growth.

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    Quite a tolerant vigorous orchid providing the health of the thick roots (phal like) arent in jeopardy. If they were potted in my care they would die but that goes for all epiphytes in my hands infact probably terrestrials awell. Basically if you can culture phals in pots without root problems/ rot your set to go.! With bright light they flourish easily and keep watering more towards moist-dry as opposed to moist-wet!

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    Kathi, Connie, and all the above, have pretty well covered it. Just adding I've had a small mounted nodosa, that I decided to pot last month. I used a 4" net pot and some very coarse lava rock, leca, chopped tree fern, and charcoal. I hung the pot, and I like the look of it better, but its purely a personal choice, as long as you give it a good drying out period.
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    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

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