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Vanda mounting hack job?

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    Question Vanda mounting hack job?

    I've been struggling with these two vandaceous orchids for months (one's a Mokara and the other is an Aranda). I received them as free "mystery" gifts with online orders, and I've been fighting to make them happy for the past few months.

    I was just about to give them away to someone with a greenhouse, but then I happened to walk past a display of cork at a store, and I was inspired to make one more attempt at making these guys happy.

    So, here's my mounting job...I've never mounted orchids before, so I'm not sure if I did this properly.

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    I gently wrapped plant wire around them and then around the back of the cork so that they would be fairly secure for the moment. If they turn out to be happy this way, I'll drill some holes in the cork to make a more permanent mount.

    I stood the corks up in clear trays that have pebbles and water in the bottom to add humidity, and I've put them outside so they can soak up as much sun as possible. I'm hoping this will perk them up.

    So, questions...
    1. Does this look okay? Did I mess anything up?
    2. How do I fertilize them like this? Do I put fertilizer in the water I mist the roots with? And, if so, how do I keep it from getting all over the plant and burning the foliage when I mist the roots?

    Thanks everybody. I never would have had the guts to try something like this if it weren't for all of your support and encouragement!

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    That looks like it may work! I'm not sure if the glue they use in compressed cork is harmful or not. You can probably google it to find out what's in compressed cork. And fert won't burn the leaves. I spray my Vandas down leaves and all when I fertilize. If the leaves burn your mix is too strong anyhow, because you should be spraying fert on dry roots. Don't water first, that is an old method for pot plants that would only apply to orchids if you were using a stronger solution, or if it were a terrestrial orchid. Anyhow, good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gage View Post
    That looks like it may work! I'm not sure if the glue they use in compressed cork is harmful or not. You can probably google it to find out what's in compressed cork. And fert won't burn the leaves. I spray my Vandas down leaves and all when I fertilize. If the leaves burn your mix is too strong anyhow, because you should be spraying fert on dry roots. Don't water first, that is an old method for pot plants that would only apply to orchids if you were using a stronger solution, or if it were a terrestrial orchid. Anyhow, good job!
    Hmmmm..... okay. I had no idea I could just spray the whole plant with the fertilizer! Everyone I know is always saying, "Oh my gosh, don't let the fertilizer touch the leaves whatever you do!!" So I was a bit worried. Thanks for the reassurance!

    So...I should be spraying the roots with the fertilizer mix when they're DRY...ok. So, wait...should I also be doing this with my potted orchids? I was told to water the plant first to let the roots "plump up," and then fertilize. So I've always done a two-step process. Are you saying I can just fertilize right away with all my other plants too?

    That would save me so much time!

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    A lot of people still water first, but again that information was based on people that were using the same strong mixture of fertilizer that is used for terrestrial potted plants. When you fertilize orchids weakly/weekly, you can fertilize it in whatever condition you normally water it. If the plant is showing signs of stress from lack of moisture, pests or disease, that's another story. I wouldn't fertilize weak or suffering roots, and I wouldn't fertilize weak or suffering foliage. All that said, a healthy orchid will appreciate a little fert to the leaves.

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    Your mount job looks nice. The one thing I didn't put in the p.m. was to hold off on regular fertilizer as someone else pointed out. You should see some nice new root growth soon.

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    You have received some good advice, I'm not sure how long that cork will last, or about the glue as someone mentioned. You can get small pieces of real cork bark at pet supply stores in the reptile section, even coconut halves, which would work better. I soak my mounts in a small bucket once a week if not a lot of rain that week. good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    You have received some good advice, I'm not sure how long that cork will last, or about the glue as someone mentioned. You can get small pieces of real cork bark at pet supply stores in the reptile section, even coconut halves, which would work better. I soak my mounts in a small bucket once a week if not a lot of rain that week. good luck.
    Apparently pet stores are a gold mine for orchid supplies...or so it seems from what people are saying! I'll definitely have to stop in! I didn't think about the "compressed" factor in the processed cork. But the price was right at $2 per piece! LOL If the orchids perk up in this setup I'll definitely buy some better mounts for them. Thanks!

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    Looking good. If you grow those vandas outside on mounts, be sure to keep them hydrated often.

    cheers,
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    If its the same glue they use in winecorks, then there is no issues at all. I have 6 Aerangis all mounted on single wine corks and they LOVE THEM!

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    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.

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