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Remounting an orchid.

This is a discussion on Remounting an orchid. within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Still no picture to post, but lots of good advice. I appreciate all the time ...

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    Still no picture to post, but lots of good advice. I appreciate all the time and interest given this question by all of you. The majority, if not all of you suggest stacking another piece of tree fern behind the present one and letting the Phal take it over. I really like that idea for several reasons, all of which have to do with the relative ease of giving this old Phal. more room to spread it's roots.

    Cathy and Pavel, thanks for illuminating the issue surrounding tree fern usage. As with many of our natural resources, if not regenerated or renewed, the resource will diminish. I take it from Cathy's post that tree fern production has become commercialized in that there are people who now grow tree ferms primarily for there bark, thus taking the pressure off the natural population. Good move. I personally have a few mounts on tree fern, but most of the mini's I have mounted are on sticks, limbs, planks, and plaster casts. It gives a good heterogenous look to them. Most get misted daily anyway, so the water retentive values of each mount are of no big concern.

    Maura's grand experiment with S/H has worked so far. We were away from home from home for a bit over two weeks and arrived home to all living orchids and no "fall out". They all look great, including my angraecums. We are presently getting ready to go to the nursery to pick up my mini's (and pay for having them boarded). I am looking forward to seeing them and imagine that they will be in pretty good shape having spent their vacation back in the greenhouse. Once this is completed we plan on a photo session (where I will get a shot of the old, overgrown Phal) for some of Maura's blooming Paphs. and a third bloom on a Phrag. that is awesome.

    Thanks again everyone.

    Phillip C (pneumonia free for the time being)

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    It is so good to hear that you are in good health finally!!!!!

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    Thanks Jonada. It is good to feel good again, and I hope to continue to feel good. Maybe Maura and I can get back down to Tampa to visit those folks again and I can stay well this time. Thank you again.

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    ya! phillip! seems im always commenting on posts from maura! i grow almost everything ive got on fern board or in fiber lined baskets...hell i sometimes attach some of both together and make franken'mounts...think the best advice is to indeed stack the slabs, wire them tightly and the roots will just keep growing into the new board like nothing ever happened! you and maura should plan a trip to taiwan and the rest of south east asia... i would love to entertain some ATL folk!! i do miss my southerners, especially the classy ones!

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    Dear Shane,

    What a nice invitation. That makes both of us feel so good, thank you. I wish we could plan a trip to Taiwan and SE Asia, nothing could be more fun. We both feel like we have friends all over the world through this forum. And the orchids, my God. You guys can grow them in your sleep! Tell you what. When our travels cease to revolve around our children in the South and the Northeast, we will begin to plan a trip to Asia, and you will be our first stop. (Maybe you should adhere to the old adage to be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.)

    Anyway, thank you and it's good to be back. Now we've got some watering and photographing to do. Take care.

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    At long last, here is the photograph of the stacked pieces of tree fern bark. I haven't wired them together yet, merely stuck the hanger of the old piece into the new piece of tree fern bark.

    Thanks for all the good advice, I appreciate it. By the way this is Phalaenopsis gibbosa and a rather old one at that.

    Phillip C

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    Cathy, I read the article that you posted a link to. A lot of it was over my head, but I got the gist of it. Seems that any orchid will grow in tree fern fiber. At least that is what I got out of it. Thanks

    Phillip C

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