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Old 03-27-2020, 02:51 PM
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i almost never mount things on the top of a horizontal branch. this is somewhat aesthetic but also because they never grow that way in nature, always slightly off to the side or underneath a horizontal branch or on a vertical face.

your method of attachment should be strong enough to hold the plant in the orientation you want to be in, think a little bit of bonsai culture.

if you are concerned about the plant being steady in a vertical orientation, i would lash it on tighter
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by davidg View Post
No, I had a round log - a cylinder about a foot long, but thick, with corky bark. I attached it in the middle. Right now I have so it is on one side, facing the light, with the log horizontal. I can rotate it so that the plant hangs vertically - I figured it should have a chance to attach a few roots first?
Remember, this species wants to grow vertically, with leaves hanging downward. (The stem is floppy because it doesn't need to be rigid in that configuration, why waste energy with growing hard tissue?) Also, it can produce new roots at nodes where it appears to branch - so those should be in contact with the mount as well. Water daily, and I think you'll find that it roots nicely, and very possibly at more than one point.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:25 PM
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Thanks for that. I did notice a root coming from a node on one stem, which is why I left it vertical, until that root took hold. I could add an extra tie and hold that node down - I'll do that. Water every day for sure. The next weeks have highs about 15 to 17, so we should see some growth, and on the others that I am steadily getting mounted. The Cattleya bowringiana is a bigger plant, so I decided to put it right on the tree. When I took it out of the pot it had lots of root activity at the growing end, so it should take hold fast - I really tied it down tight in a slight hollow on the trunk, to accommodate the big mass of older, intertwined roots from potting, with some sphagnum over the roots.

It was a picture of it blooming in Kirsten Llamas' book, 'Tropical Flowering Plants' that got me going in this direction. She has a beautiful picture of D.lindleyi too, and D. bigibbum, which unfortunately I haven't been able to source yet. All growing right on the trunks of trees.

Thanks again for all your great advice, and take care out there!

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I have it on the side right now, and it is very secure, (I did bonsai back in the 60s as a teenager), but I was also concerned about light. But I think I will put a hanger on it and put it up higher, with the plant hanging down - thanks for the guidance (and enjoy the pickles!)
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