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Mounting orchids

This is a discussion on Mounting orchids within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I went for a walk in the forest today ( The New Forest - new ...

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    I went for a walk in the forest today ( The New Forest - new when William the Conqueror claimed it as a Royal hunting preserve in the year 1086...) - its on my doorstep, where I live. I picked up a few pieces of branch with lichen on , thought they would make good mounts for say the smaller cattleya species, or maybe the smaller ascocentrums. The problem is that the wood is presumably soft or rotten enough for the branch to have broken off in the last storm, and break into pieces when it hit the ground , so it won't last for ever - but orchids do look nice on such mounts.
    The pieces are about one to one and a half inch diameter.
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    I would not use those as mounts. They look well on their way to rotting and you plants would barely have to time to get established before you'd have to remount them onto something more suitable.

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    The lichens do look cool though, and when the wood rots, you can always re-mount the orchid(s) you plan to put on these. Good luck with it Geoff.

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    The lichens do look beautiful but I doubt the wood would last for long.

    When you mentioned The New Forest it immediately reminded me of one of my favourite books when I was young ,'The Children of The New Forest' by Frederick Marryat.The book so affected me that to this day I still hate the Roundheads. Hahahaha

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    I have used the older mounts or sections of them in a new one rather then break roots etc as i re do a mount...i think the wood is really lovely and small enough you could reuse sections of it as it breaks down and you need to remount...

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    I hear what is said ; on examination I think the wood is oak, which is pretty tough, so worth a go.

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    I have used, and will use again, wood exactly like that again. It works very well, because the wood IS SOFT, and the roots can easily get into and anchor themselves in the wood. Go for it, Geoff!! Betty :-)

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    Geoff, do you prepare the wood in any way to protect your orchids from any possible pathogenic organisms present?
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    Why not use a mount like this in a basket? Why not cut it into slabs that would lie side by side in a basket and mount them. That way as the wood breaks down, you would have the chunks we all start out with anyways. On a drive yesterday I saw where a bunch of trees had been cut down and would have given anything to have gone through and picked out a few like sticks like the ones you have. Bugs could be eliminated with a thorough pre-soak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remo View Post
    Geoff, do you prepare the wood in any way to protect your orchids from any possible pathogenic organisms present?
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    So far, I dunked in a bucket of "water" and have mounted some seedlings , from different compots which needed repotting anyway, one to each, fixing in place with some plastic coated wire. They are being sprayed more or less daily, when I do all my mounted plants.
    As to bugs and pathogens , all the water I use in the greenhouse is rain-water, collected from my house ( slate) roof, and along the way gets pumped into 100 litre (21 UK gallon) plastic drums where it is dosed with a disinfectant; I used Phtsan for many years but it is not on sale in Europe now. I use something similar. Then I add whatever nutrients I want, adjust pH etc. So "water" means water + disinfectant.
    I have experimented with many different mounts, but in general plants do much better for me when they are in a pot or plastic basket ! I certainly don't have time to start making baskets, from forest wood or otherwise.

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