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Growing naturally or is that naturalistically ? catts on trees in England !

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 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECC_lectic View Post
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    I certainly wouldn't use holly - it's toxic to people and animals, I wouldn't trust it with an orchid.
    Useful to know . The one I use most is gorse - Ulex europeaus - a member of the pea family. It burns in the heathland fires we get in this part of the world, in dry summers ( or is positively burnt off by the Rangers, to encourage new grow of the heath - Erica sp,) and that gets rid of all the thorns and green stuff and the twigs too , leaving the branches which are never more than 2 inch or so diameter, and I can fairly easily find pieces a foot or two long to put in my rucsac when I am out with my walking club . Cattleyas love this stuff, and it sems quite rot resistant.

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    YES! You are so right- that must be why my minicats are so slow; they are healthy and not unhappy, but I think I should listen to what you say, and mount them up- they may well get into gear properly then!
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    Great growing Geoff. I'll try mounting some of my mini catts ( we refer to them as 'Japanese Cattelyas' mostly NOID) - they don't seem happy in pots.

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    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.

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    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?

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Size:  301.8 KBSince 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.

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    I'm going to mount all my cattelyas from now on. Yours look fantastic mounted, Geoff !

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    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.

    Beautiful, Geoff!

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    The reason why I love mounting orchid because you can see how the plants grow naturally on the mount not only from the flowers

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    Awesome mounted orchids ! The small blue hybird is a Cattleya sincorana hybrid.

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