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Epiphyte, do you may have a video of the way you planted orchids on that vast tree, the seeds that sprouted? My spouse could be very a lot into aroids and now we have numerous giant bushes right here however the winds appear to have eliminated all her earlier makes an attempt at planting orchid seeds and anthurium seeds, so she wished to go deeper into the forest. Would recognize quite a bit the technical particulars, how removed from present epiphytes, which location on the tree and many others.

sorry, no video.  coincidentally a pair days in the past i observed that our latest extreme winds, for socal, had fully dislodged an enormous and really previous clump of vegetation together with an anthurium from 3 tales up on my tree.  by some means the clump was hanging solely from its quarter inch drip tube.  principally my huge mistake when i hooked up the bundle was that i failed to connect proper subsequent to it an orchid with actually lengthy and powerful roots… resembling a cattleya or vanda.  if i had performed this then the orchid roots would have secured the bundle to the tree.  for this function one thing like a typical oncidium with brief wimpy roots would have been ineffective. 

when i connect a cattleya or equally sturdy orchid to a tree i do not use any moss.  it goes immediately on the plain bark by way of fishing line.  i take advantage of a slip knot approach with the fishing line to connect the orchid as tightly as potential.  if there’s any wiggle room the delicate orchid root ideas will break off and the orchid will not get its roots on the bark and it’ll languish.  for much less sturdy orchids like typical oncidiums i am going to put some moss inbetween it and the bark.  string can work simply high-quality but it surely is not as aesthetic.  in some circumstances after the orchid has established you may want to chop the fishing line or string to stop girdling. 

for the remainder of the epiphytes i take advantage of an honest quantity of sphagnum moss.  on a desk or one thing i am going to 1st use fishing line to create a moss bundle with all kinds of epiphytes.  i am going round and across the bundle with the fishing line till every little thing is tremendous comfortable and that i can carry the bundle up with none moss or epiphytes falling off.  then i am going to use fishing line to connect the bundle to the tree proper subsequent to a cattleya or vanda or related orchid with roots that may develop into the bundle and ensure it stays on the tree.

for the orchid seeds, principally i harvested seeds of varied epiphytic orchids till i had like a small handful.  i put the seeds in a big plastic bottle, stuffed it with water, and shook vigorously.  then i slowly dripped it all around the tree.  all of the seeds that germinated did so inside a half inch of the roots of orchids on the tree.  in my dry situations that is so far as the fungus managed to increase from their house within the thick and succulent orchid roots.  i am certain it is a totally different story in moist and humid florida.   

so far as location on the tree… bundles usually are nearer to the shady aspect of the tree, whereas sturdy orchids are subsequent to them nearer to the sunny aspect of the tree.  when it comes to horizontal branches i choose to place epiphytes on the underside of the branches.  it makes them barely much less vulnerable to being trampled on by the standard suspects. 

staghorn ferns create wonderful “pots” for all kinds of vegetation.  at an area nursery some critters planted some lemon guava seeds on a staghorn hooked up to a palm…

should you look intently on the prime, the seedlings are beginning to fruit! 

the previous layers of defend fronds mixed with the high-quality roots of the stags create a medium that drains completely but in addition retains moisture.  i am certain the ph is basically good as nicely.  i’ve seen every little thing from roses to aroids fortunately rising in stags.  a man in queensland that i comply with on ig has a queen anthurium fortunately rising in a platycerium superbum.

that is cool that your spouse is into aroids.  so you may each watch fnf movies collectively since he is acquired a very nice assortment of aroids rising amongst his uncommon fruit bushes.  i’ve all the time liked aroids and it has been a visit seeing all the brand new varieties flood the market due to the large spike in demand that has resulted from their reputation in social media. 

let me know if you would like any extra particulars.  getting vegetation onto bushes is not all the time the best factor, but it surely’s completely price all the additional variety and the related advantages. 



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