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phalaenopsis tree

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    Default phalaenopsis tree

    ok, still a work in progress, but i have been threatening to do this for a long time now, and finally assembled enough materials to do it. over the last year, i occasionally get a cheap noid phal at a grocer, or home improvement store. so far i had been tucking them into hanging baskets and had been getting some good luck with blooming... i've also been experimenting with treefern pots... and thought, what if i took a bunch and mounted them togther on a stake? like a tree trunk. that holds orchid medium inside...
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    in a 6" clay pot i molded cement, with the stake in it. i can remove the stake as needed, it is not fixed. i cut notches in the sides of the pots, pushed them down the stake, and stuck one or two phals into each. i've added some hydroton, sphagnum moss, and bits of fern fiber and medium orchid bark to the cavities around the roots. i only unpotted one phal that was flowering, and planted into the tree. hoping the flowers don't die on me, as it is my little purple guy that reflowered real well for me. i have 3 others that are flowering or spiking, and just pinned them into the top pot without disturbing the roots. right now i have a few small bromeliads and house plants set into the large base pot. i'm going to monitor how much water collects in the bottom to see what will end up there. i like how the bromeliads catch the dripping water when it trickles down through the pots.
    the hanging basket to the right is the plant that will eventually end up on top, cuttings of an epiphytic cactus, selenicereus chrysocardium, the 'fernleaf cactus' that does actually look like a large fern. so my orchid tree will look more like a tree fern when i am done.

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    That is a nice idea and it looks so cool keep us posted as it becomes established and more grown together.

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    That is going to end up just gorgeous!

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    Wonderful idea! Hopefully the plants at the bottom will be able to use up all the water. I see your aquarium. Does that help you keep the humidity up for your orchids?

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    Interesting orchid sculpture! I bet it will be amazing if you get all of the phals to bloom around the same time.


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    thanks everyone! i'm really hoping the plants eventually root in and help hold it all together. i've always been fascinated by pictures of orchids in the wild, i like seeing their roots holding on to the tree trunks. i'm hoping to get that on the trunk. i'm gonna give this a few months and if it doens't turn into the leaning tower of mold, then i will start to add more. i'd like to get some mini orchids i can stick in the crevices to spread, so now i'm looking into things with similar light requirements. hoping some tillandsia and maybe mini epidendrum might work. i have a few small aquariums in the room, they must help some, since i have to add water to them every week. but i also tend to keep the windows open, and we get a nice flow of air through the apartment.

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    Great idea!!

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