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Some of My "Orchid Trees"

This is a discussion on Some of My "Orchid Trees" within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Dorsetman It's something I have started doing recently, but I have no ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    It's something I have started doing recently, but I have no plants as big and beautiful as yours, growing this way, yet...
    But I like to take my plants out, for display in the home, or to the orchid society or shows, and two of your things could not be used by me , namely, putting several (different ? ) plants on one log, and using quite large logs.
    I was given a piece of oak branch, maybe 4 feet long and 5 inches diameter , and I found that quite a handful To lift and move about, before I put any plants on it. So far I have sawn off a 6 inch piece, and then splt that to give me half a dozen mounts.
    But I wonder how you manage, or is it do you manage ? Or do you just leave the logs permanently in one position ?
    Hi Geoff, I leave all the big logs permanently in one position. They are too heavy!! Its no problem for me because I don't display my plants in shows and there is not much space inside the house to display them. I have some smaller orchids in pots and I take them indoors for display sometimes. I have also started mounting some Tolumnia on a log about 1 foot long and 6 inches diameter and plan to keep it indoors. Its my first time to do this indoors, before I only use drift wood for plants that I intend to keep inside the house. We'll see how it would turn out, because now there are only 2 small pieces of Tolumnia on the log, but I intend to add more in spring. For now, its not much to look at.

    Sometimes I believe that the orchids must have getting something from the log, maybe from the bark? Because I use mainly freshly cut wood, and the orchids LOVE them. Honestly, I haven't feed my orchids since last autumn and occasionally water them only when there is no rain, just hose them down before I go to work, and yet they thrived and bloomed last summer, while my potted orchids died, and those that did not die, didn't bloom.

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    I envy you, they look awesome! You are lucky to live in such a forgiving climate
    I wonder if it's the tanines in the bark that help as well? What kind of wood do you use?
    Congratulations anyway, great collection!
    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetSlayer View Post
    I wonder if it's the tanines in the bark that help as well? What kind of wood do you use?

    Laura
    I use whichever is available because I collect wood from the roadside when the workers cut down any of the trees that are growing along the highway. This usually happen after a typhoon or when they cut some unwanted branches. So far I have used Bauhinia, a Fig, and the latest is I don't know what its called. But its a big tree with sprawling growth, and have flowers that look like yellow hibiscus. Its also lighter and I guess that means that it won't last as long as the Bauhinia.

    There is also a wood with bark that look like layers of paper. It look like the wood is wrapped with layers upon layers of thick paper which become spongy when soaked. Its not good because insects bore holes in it and laid their eggs and the larvae turned my orchid roots as their salad bar.

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    I began mounting on logs a couple years ago. I have to agree that they grow and bloom so much easier when mounted. I recently took it a step farther and had my husband cut a board for me our construction guys let me have. He used a router bit to put big holes in a few places. I sat the mini vandas roots so a few went through the hole and tied the plant to the plank with twist ties. I have never had ANY vanda, mini or otherwise, grow so fast and healthy. I'll attach a couple pics...and keep in mind these have only been on this plank for just under a year.

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    Those are very nice CJ, I never thought that wood for construction can be use. I thought they are treated with chemicals that the orchids don't like
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    [QUOTE=Cjcorner;333028]I I have never had ANY vanda, mini or otherwise, grow so fast and healthy. I'll attach a couple pics...and keep in mind these have only been on this plank for just under a year.

    It is so natural - that must be why. When we put them in pots with compost , the roots never ever dry out completely - or if they do you are not giving enough water.
    But you have now inspired me to try out a few Vandas on my forest collected wood pieces - I have a nice one I got on Saturday - pic attached. It is oak, about 16 inches x 2 inch.
    I used to grow them in teak baskets, bare root,which is many ways similar, but they went downhill slowly, so when the dealers changed to plastic baskets, I cut that off and since that time have always grown in bark in plastic pots . But I'll see how I can get on with this method.



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    a good way to make sure naturally collected logs etc are bug free - stick them in the freezer for a few days. if they fit! it is too dry here in southern california to have much success with mounting orchids, unless you have a greenhouse and can carefully control humidity. which i don't and cannot. i have been experimenting with tree fern pots tied together to make 'trees' out of them... so far so good, but they are still pretty new (still planting 2 of them actually!) but the first one i did with just phals for inside is doing well, they are beginning to root in and take hold, and for once i finally appreciate their roots! it is sort of neat watching them grow and take hold of the trunk. i absolutley love your orchid logs. i had no idea hong kong was so suitable for orchids.

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    Connie, that is such a great idea! I wouldn't have dared in a million years but heck I know some vandas that will be mounted SOON!

    Though, on second thought...how goes with the watering? Because I am not sure about how sensitive Vandas are to water quality and temperature. I gave mine 2 baths in the bathtub and hey presto, the young spike that was happily growing died in 3 days.

    Yours look great

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