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This is a discussion on Growing naturally or is that naturalistically ? catts on trees in England ! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by ECC_lectic Mycorrhiza I certainly wouldn't use holly - it's toxic to people ...
Wow Geoff- I have to chime in as well... I have never seen a cattleya this vigorous and active: like it's about to sprout opposable thumbs, jump down, and start helping you on your rounds! This is all very exciting.
I love the look of orchids mounted on wood; the next best thing if you can't mount them directly on trees. Nice too that they are thriving so well! What is your care schedule like?
Since I started this thread I have mounted a few hundred orchids on branches etc ; mostly fairly recently - but some of the earlier oines are worth showing now I think.
The blue one, a NOID - perhaps a C.walkeriana cross ? I grew in a pot for years , and it survived, but never flowered. I am not boasting about the new roots ( yet) but at least it has flowered - which I take as a sign of approval !
The other one shown here is a plant I showed in flower last October or perhaps early November - Lc Chiou-Lye-Chen... ( a most unusual coloured flower, and a nice shape too. ) I am delighted with the way this is rooting.
I have a couple of dendrobes on wood like this - one in flower at present - D.harveyanum, a few oncidiums ( doing well) and lots of catts. The thicker rooted vandaceous things do not seem to want to grow anchorage roots , but maybe if and when we ever get any warmer weather they will start to perform.
I'm going to mount all my cattelyas from now on. Yours look fantastic mounted, Geoff !
Yes - despite the atrocious condition of the Catts. mounted on mangos, figs, palms, etc., at the Edison Estate, I am more inclined to believe they flourish with the increased air circulation, especially around the roots.
The reason why I love mounting orchid because you can see how the plants grow naturally on the mount not only from the flowers
Awesome mounted orchids ! The small blue hybird is a Cattleya sincorana hybrid.