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Old 04-22-2007, 11:21 AM
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Question Hickory Wood

I wondered if Hickory wood is suitable for mounting orchids?
We cut down a Hickory last month and there are some interesting branches that I thought orchids would look good mounted on.
Plus, I will be receiving some bareroot orchids from Brazil in a month or so and would like to mount a few of them.

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:44 PM
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Hickory wood is extremely tough, yet flexible, and is used for tool handles, bows, carts, drumsticks, golf club shafts. Hopefully another member will chime in so we can both have the answer.
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I can think of no real good answer why Hickory would NOT be a good wood for mounts. I have some on apple which is another fruit wood. I would say go for it!
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I don't know if you will find this useful, but there are actually orchids that grow on old hickory wood in the wild. I think you can use it for mounting your orchids safely. I'd clean it really good but other then that I don't see why you couldn't use it
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:02 AM
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If tiy try this wood don't forget to tel us about the results, please. I don't know anybody yet who grows on this wood.
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I don't see why this type of wood cannot be used...
are there any woods we have to avoid?
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Sounds like fun. Poor old Hickory tree though
Oh well, at least some needy orchids get a home
Hickory should be fine. I can't think of any problems with that.
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I am currently using Macintosh Apple, Manzanita, Southern Liveoak, cedar shingles, and a couple unidentified woods. I think it is easier to identify the no-no woods than the OK woods.
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I was thinking about Oak. Then an alarm in my head rang off saying, Tannins! Tannins!! But now I just realized that the wook I use in my vivarium is chuck full of tannins. Haven't had any problems there.
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I don't see why this type of wood cannot be used...
are there any woods we have to avoid?
The only wood that I know needs to be avoided is pine. The sap from the pine tree is toxic to orchids.
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