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This is a discussion on Mounted orchids within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by mujacko2002 How is the air-circulation in your GH? I have the greenhouse ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mujacko2002 View Post
    How is the air-circulation in your GH?
    I have the greenhouse oriented approximately parallel to a north-south axis, with the doors facing north.
    In the summer we have regular winds that travel north to south, so I leave the door and rear windows open to let the winds pass through. I also have a couple of electric fans inside the greenhouse to help with air circulation when there is no breeze.
    A low-tech setup of mist nozzles hooked up to a garden hose with a timer provide the humidity during very warm days.

    During the winter, the greenhouse door is closed.
    The fans inside still run during winter, but temperature and humidity management during winter is a different beast altogether

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    I'm curious .... what is the purpose of having tillandsia usneoides included in the mounts? Is this to add to the artistic quality or is there some functional or scientific purpose to this?

    As you know here in the Philippines, most orchid growers don't do this because it hampers air circulation in the root area over time because of our rainy environment here. It also competes for nutrients for the orchid roots and blocks light when it gets too thick .... or it just simply isn't a common practice here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManilaByNight View Post
    I'm curious .... what is the purpose of having tillandsia usneoides included in the mounts? Is this to add to the artistic quality or is there some functional or scientific purpose to this?

    As you know here in the Philippines, most orchid growers don't do this because it hampers air circulation in the root area over time because of our rainy environment here. It also competes for nutrients for the orchid roots and blocks light when it gets too thick .... or it just simply isn't a common practice here.

    I am not quite sure myself, but throughout the years I have noticed that having a 'curtain' of tillandsia over the roots of the mounted orchids produce healthier plants.
    I do have to trim them down regularly as they can grow into thick bunches.
    I guess in moderate amounts, helps shield the roots from excess sunlight as well as keep the moisture from escaping the driftwood and root surfaces too fast.

    I think the local microclimate plays a big role in this as well.
    If I am in an environment with more stable and reliable humidity, I would think that the roots would do better exposed with no companion plants covering them.

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    I love your panache and artistry- some wonderful mounts, and great airplant companion planting. The orchids themselves are thriving and in great nick! Wetfeet, you impress me so.

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    Wonderful healthy looking plants. You have some amazing looking mounts. Fabulous pieces of wood.

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    You have a good eye. Those are beautiful and they look so natural. Good job.

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    All credit to you, art at its best. I will give you 1st prize for sure. I too incorporate many tillandsia and other bromeliads in with mounts and firmly believe in the presence of mini eco systems at work giving orchids a better chance. Certainly has to be well thought of and pre planned as the air circ, if hindered causes upmost problems and dont i know it!. The aesthetic quality though is certainly up there with the cultivation of orchids.

    Some specialist/ exotic pet/ terrarium/ vivarium stores sell packets of moss spores (usually for bonsai culture) but will not take if in close proximity to sphagnum. Must be the acidic content maybe???????? or not.

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    Interesting remarks there, Matt. When I acquire new orchids they sometimes bring unseen exotic guests and in time develop various fern sporelings... apparently to their mutual benefit: they seem to thrive in such intimate proximity. When potting time comes I try to maintain the situation unless the fern is inappropriately vigorous (like last year I took the opportunity to separate a catt from its fern buddy, which turned out to be a Nephrolepis multiflora and is now 4 foot tall!) It is surprising that any terrestrial fern thrives under an epyphytic regime where the medium regularly almost dries off. I shall post some photos.

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    I completely forgot about the shared inhabitants in the form of ferns, have never been able to enjoy them as guests whether germinated or matured, native or exotic although it certainly isnt from lack of trying until I accepted defeat, gave up. I put it down to temps or the products i use or have been forced to use i.e pests. I even admit to purchasing a venus fly trap here or a sundew there purely because i was attracted to the presence of ferns/ liverworts or mosses co existing in the pot. Sphagnum moss spreads like fire and tillandsia unesoides thrives if kept well away from tap water so i cant complain.

    Before I went hardcore with the orchid/ tropical plant hobby I dabbled in tropical aquariums. I could never gain satisfaction from a specific species like just cichlids or just piranha and had to be accomodating for a communal/ co existing population. Its all down to taste, preference and aesthetic values. My selected interests at any point will always be dominated by the general wonderment that is the natural world. Any subject within this vast criteria selected for my focus and enjoyment has to reflect to some extent in my vision a 'slice' of habitat or as close as. For me, without this there would be no point. In a few thousand years the human race has accomplished many great amazing things demonstrating pure genius and brilliance but at the same time sacrificing what really matters (to some of us) and I for one dont want to be reminded of it all the time when it all just comes down to money and power, two concepts that have caused 'man' to think he has the right to play God.

    Primarily this is the reason why i choose to cultivate orchids and others the way I do and pretty much a likely good reason for the author of this thread. I drift off for hours into the world of orchids, my own oasis and would self destruct without it.

    John, your orchids and mounts are an inspiration!

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    They are all so intricate, good job and good luck!!!

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