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MOUNTING ORCHIDS and BROMELIADS

††††Mounting or attaching Orchids and Bromeliads to wood, cork or a similar substrate is great way to grow and display your plants. Besides being fun to do. mounting plants is very easy. Dealing with epiphytic plants, which donít require soil, sometimes confuses novice growers. Growing Orchids and Bromeliads does not need to be difficult or confusing. Orchids and Bromeliads are among the hardiest and easiest plants to grow and with minimal care, will thrive and bloom for many years. Mounting Orchids and Bromeliads is close to their normal growing habit.

So to get you started mounting your plants, here are a few suggestions:

1. Select a single or several plants, suitable for mounting. Most Large Orchids and Bromeliads are mounted singly. The smaller Orchids and Bromeliads make a very beautiful display if mounted as multiples.

2. Next choose a your preferred substrate. Actually any material with a rough, or porous surface will do well. The rough surface allows the roots to quickly attach. Remember to attach a hanging hook if you plan to hang the mounted plant.

3. For Bromeliads, you may use an adhesive, such as Liquid Nails, to attach the plants. Apply a generous dab near the base (no hot glue). Then apply the adhesive and the plant to the mount. Hold the plant firmly in place with wire or even a rubber band until the adhesive sets. For Orchids, use 6 to 10 pound fishing line. Place a small bit of moss or coconut fiber under the Orchid. Then wrap the fishing line around the plant and the mount. Tie securely. The fishing line is nearly invisible and can be left intact, after new roots attach to the mount.

4. For large or unwieldy plants, staple a wire or two to the substrate first, then apply the adhesive and the plant, and tighten the wire. For Orchids, just tighten the wire or fish line in several places to hold the plant. The new roots will eventually grow over the mount, and help hold the Orchid in place.

5. Place in appropriate light with good air circulation. Water thoroughly two or three times weekly, during the growing season, less when dormant. During the growing season fertilize regularly with a good non urea fertilizer, such as Grow More.

6. Then just enjoy! Remember Growing Orchids and Bromeliads should be fun, not work!!!


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