EpiphyticGrowing forum: How do I grow an orchid on a piece of wood?

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Imagevalleylynn
Feb 3, 2010 11:46 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
How do I grow an orchid on a piece of wood?
Or is this even possible? Does it work for just certain kinds? How do you get started?
Many questions. : )
I would love to do this.
Imagewren
Feb 4, 2010 5:10 AM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
well I know a tiny bit about it. But I believe and if I am wrong anyone out there correct me, that all the ones that grow on trees can grow on wood. It was 30+years ago.
The ones I saw had a little moss placed around their roots and then wired onto the wood, the moss was to help hold them until they attached to the wood. I do not know if everyone does it that way. The moss would rot away.

I do not remember what if any special/or different care was needed for the ones on wood.

Hope this at least gets you started.

Sandy
Imageplantladylin
Feb 4, 2010 8:19 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I think I remember someone on the Orchid Forum on Dave's Garden talking about growing mounted orchids. I've never tried it but I'm sure it would work. Just be sure to keep the Sphagnum Moss moist.

I googled and found some info you might like to take a look at re: mounted orchid growing and care:

http://store.marblebranchfarms.com/m1.html

http://www.repotme.com/orchid-care/Mounted-Orchid-Care.html

I think someone on DG (might be boojum? and she is here on the Orchid Cubit) grows her orchids in baskets with no bark or medium whatsoever. The roots will attach and grow onto the wood just like in nature when they attach and grow to the trees.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 4, 2010 8:46 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Thank you Lin & Sandy. I will check out the links.
AlohaHoya
Feb 4, 2010 6:59 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Some orchids like to grow on mounts...or they simply attach to a tree. Here is how I do mounts:

I take the piece I am using as a mount and a bunch of damp spagnum moss and, using monofiliment, I wrap the spagnum to the mount. THEN I take the orchid (or the hoya, dischidia etc.), put it against the moss and again, using a heavier duty monofiliment, I wrap the plant and the roots to the moss and mount. Another thing you can use to wrap the plant to the mount is a strip from a 'thigh high' panty hose...cheapest you can find. It holds the plant and the roots, expands when the plant grows and doesn't cut into the plant. ....

I can take pictures if needed.
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Imageplantladylin
Feb 4, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Carol, old panty hose are a great idea. I find that monofilament line can sometimes cut into roots and limbs. I buy cheap knee highs and use them to tie plants to stakes ... great idea for mounting too. I am going to try mounting a couple of plants this spring!
AlohaHoya
Feb 4, 2010 9:29 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Do you cut it?

If you cut out the toe (we are dealing with Knee Highs) you slip the 'tube' up your arm. Then starting at the top you roll it down until at the end you have a ring. Cut the roll in strips as thick as you want. If that's hard to understand???I will take pictures. You get lots of strips and they really are the best for tying up plants.
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Imageplantladylin
Feb 5, 2010 10:02 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Yep, that's what I do, cut the toe off, then cut across the leg part, cut it into strips making some strips narrow and some wide, depending on what I want to use it for.

Carol, a tutorial would be great with photo's for anyone else who comes along!
AlohaHoya
Feb 5, 2010 11:35 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OK...will make it a forum....
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Imagevalleylynn
Feb 5, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Carol, thank you. What types of orchids do well with this method?
Pictures would be great for me. Please let me know when you get the tutorial up and running, I will definitely be there. I have mostly phalaenopsis and then two that I don't know what they are. I need all the help I can get.
AlohaHoya
Feb 6, 2010 12:21 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Any of the orchids, I think, that aren't terrestial ones. I know Vandas do really well...oncidiums, dendrobiums are others...cateleyas...actually all of ours grow that way.
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Rene
Apr 27, 2010 10:13 AM CST
Name: Rene
Wauchula Fl.
God is good, all the time!!!
I just posted on the other Cubit! Pics of ones mounted on trees! This one is a Den! I just anchor mine to the tree & let them attach! We had a very severe winter & I lost a few of mine but others are doing well!!

Thumbnail by Rene

Lorine
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Imageplantladylin
Aug 24, 2010 3:32 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Rene: That is a gorgeous Dendrobium! I wish I could grow them in trees here in my part of Florida but unfortunately if the winter cold didn't get them, the squirrels would!! Grumbling

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