Inorganic Mounts for Orchids
Login
User Name
Password   


Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Sponsor
Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.

Inorganic Mounts for Orchids
Many perks!
<...more...>


Sponsor
 

Google


Fauna Top Sites
LOG IN/REGISTER TO CLOSE THIS ADVERTISEMENT
  #1  
Old 07-03-2019, 11:47 PM
dnatural1 dnatural1 is offline
Member
 

Join Date: Feb 2016
Zone: 9b
Location: North-West Sydney
Posts: 31
Inorganic Mounts for Orchids Male
Default Inorganic Mounts for Orchids

In a recent thread on Ghost orchids a couple of contributors said that it is possible to use inorganic mounts for orchids. I like the idea of long lasting mounts and once tried to grow Sarcochilus falcatus (an epiphytic orchid native to Australia) on the outside of terracotta "jug". I filled the "jug with moist sphagnum moss for moisture retention. Did not persist far with the trial as I became concerned that the clay may exude salts that are toxic to the plant.

Questions that come to mind include: what minerals can leach out of terracotta one has to be wary of?, can these be removed by pre-soaking the pot?, what other mineral mounts have been tried? How do inorganic mounts compare with cork?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-04-2019, 08:25 AM
Ray's Avatar
Ray Ray is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oak Island NC
Posts: 10,471
Inorganic Mounts for Orchids Male
Default

Assuming the terra-cotta has been properly fired, submerging it in an excess of plain water for a days or two ought to extract pretty much and residual salts.

I've grown plants mounted on inverted clay flower pots I've silicone glued to a tray, and filled it with water. I didn't even soak them and had no issues.

Epiweb, a product out of Sweden, is a plastic mounting material that is simply the material used to make rotary floor scrubber pads.
__________________
Ray Barkalow, Orchid Iconoclast
Want Better Plants? READ THIS
shop.firstrays.com

Free Shipping in the US! (see terms & conditions for details)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-04-2019, 10:32 AM
WaterWitchin's Avatar
WaterWitchin WaterWitchin is offline
Super Moderator
 

Join Date: Feb 2011
Zone: 6a
Location: Kansas
Posts: 840
Default

I used to use Texas Holey Rock for mounts. Loved the way it performed. Has just enough roughness texture to grip well. I just don't now, as I don't have time for mounted orchids at the moment.

Also used deer horns... which are still organic sort of, but more long-lasting by far.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-08-2019, 11:18 PM
dnatural1 dnatural1 is offline
Member
 

Join Date: Feb 2016
Zone: 9b
Location: North-West Sydney
Posts: 31
Inorganic Mounts for Orchids Male
Default

Hi Ray, WaterWitchin,

Belated tks for your replies. I will have another go at using terracotta with base in some sort of water reservoir. Previously I used moist sphagnum in the pot to keep things moist. Could also use rockwool for that purpose, I suppose, so as to keep things inorganic and longlasting.

Joe P.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
inorganic, jug, mounts, orchids, terracotta


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Space age mounts. bil Growing on Mounts 4 01-11-2017 07:53 PM
Going on vacation - how do I best care for my mounts crazy4bengals Beginner Discussion 9 07-28-2010 08:07 PM
Phal schilleriana on mounts - 80% - 90% humidity - additional water? OzPhal Growing on Mounts 3 01-09-2010 04:31 PM
Dumb Newbie Questions about Watering Mounts chopster01 Growing on Mounts 14 07-20-2008 12:46 PM
Inorganic, non-porous mounts? Flowers Propagation 9 07-24-2007 12:27 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:02 PM.

© 2007 OrchidBoard.com
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.