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Old 06-25-2017, 11:48 AM
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I grow several of the very mini/compact phals in the exact same manner...a couple having been on their mounts for 6-8 years. And I'm not talking about the easy mini hybrids...I mean some of the more difficult species.

I have a friend who has masdies, pleuros, and bulbos on mounts...for 10+ years and never changes sphag.

I can say with 100% confidence, if your plants are struggling on the mount, it is because of something else and not due to aging moss. Provided you haven't attached an overly thick layer...that is an entirely different ballgame.

You can do whatever you like but you really are making more work for yourself than you need to and possibly causing more trouble for the plants than you realize.
They actually do better once I change or take out old moss.
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They are growing, not appearing to struggle but, not attaching to the mounts. I think in my case this is an easy fix.
Interesting. You'd think that the roots would burrow into the moss and strike the mount sooner or later.
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Maybe I'm not patient enough. I mounted them early last winter.
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Goodness, thank you all for the replies! I think I'm going to error on the side of caution and do nothing. Most of my mounted orchids are bulbophyllums so to not damage the roots would be virtually impossible. The only one I might redo is my bulb. lasiochilum, but that has more to do with the fact that I used WAY too much moss when I first put it on the cork
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Maybe I'm not patient enough. I mounted them early last winter.
Dolly, I am curious. How did you know the roots weren't holding to the mount?
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Because when the string rotted one fell off.
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Because when the string rotted one fell off.
Ah, gotcha.

Have a look at using braided fishing line. Fabulous stuff, almost invisible and lasts for... ages. I had something secured with it that was outsde in full sun for a decade.. just be careful using it that you don't cut yourself.
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