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Vanda mounting hack job?

This is a discussion on Vanda mounting hack job? within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by coeruleo orchids on wine corks? that's cool. remember cork does not absorb ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    orchids on wine corks? that's cool. remember cork does not absorb much water, so all the watering is on you, mist often, daily in warm weather, and maybe more often than that in hot weather.
    Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, it turns out they didn't really like the mounts that much. The bottom leaves turned yellow and fell off after a couple of days, and the top leaves started turning dark purple...which I guess means it's getting enough light? But then the healthy root tips appeared to be turning BLACK...so I got them the heck out of there. I'm now attempting vase culture. They've stopped dropping leaves since going in the vases, and I don't see any more discoloration occurring, so I'm hoping I'm finally on the right track.

    These plants have been the biggest pain in the tail...and all this work has been for plants that were FREE! They came free with some species phals I ordered online. (I'm not sure what the reasoning was there...what genius was thinking, 'Hmmm...this gal is ordering phals and lives in Pennsylvania...let's send her an ARANDA! And a Mokara too!' And of course I love orchids, so it's not like I could just let them die. Pbbbbttt....)

    If these vases don't work out, I'm just going to give them to someone who can keep them happy!

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    Maybe if you drink enough wine to provide corks for them, you won't notice if they're doing badly...

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    You might have luck with vase culture, I've seen pics of beautiful blooming vandas grown indoors in vase culture. good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Maybe if you drink enough wine to provide corks for them, you won't notice if they're doing badly...
    That, Patty, is a FABULOUS idea. And it's just about the only thing I haven't tried!

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