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Mounting Phrag. besseae

This is a discussion on Mounting Phrag. besseae within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I think that is about the color mine will be when it finally breaks the ...

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    I think that is about the color mine will be when it finally breaks the sheath. I am just starting to see some color through it now.

    Here is a page that I was referred to. Hope you all find it interesting, I did.

    http://www.phragweb.info/phragmipedi...g_name=besseae

    I hope to do more of this sort of thing once we get our plant room situated next year. It will have a South and East exposure and so it should be perfect.

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    Who would have thought a Phrag would be lithophytic...I certainly assumed they were all terrestrial. So far your mount looks like it has always grown like that. Very attractive display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Boland View Post
    Who would have thought a Phrag would be lithophytic...I certainly assumed they were all terrestrial. So far your mount looks like it has always grown like that. Very attractive display.
    Well, sometimes Phrags. are semi-lithophytic, as in they grow upon some acculmulated humus or moss on the rocks. Phrag. besseae is typically lithophytic, as it is usually on the cliff face, as opposed to little pockets and horizontal parts where Phrag. dalessandroi prefers to "hang out". I am almost sure smaller plants of Phrag. besseae start out in little pockets, but they then ramble among the cliff face.

    Thanks! I tried to make the mount as natural as I could, making the roots grasp the mount and add moss here and there.

    -Pat

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    a few paphs are typically or sometimes epiphytes, including parishii, lowii, maybe a couple others I'm blanking on. that said, they always grow in thick mosses and few people mount them in cultivation. they grow in pots just fine with the rest of the paph collection, so I say "why bother". that said, whatever floats your boat.

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    2 questions pat

    1. Did you mount it while it was in bloom?
    I wont even transplant a slipper in bloom, let alone to a mount. Sounds dangerous... Hope it turns out ok.

    2. Why not mount it to a porous rock to more closely replicate the natural conditions under which it grows?

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