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Old 09-08-2021, 10:35 PM
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Generally, my Catts do best once they escape from their pots, or even baskets. I figure if they bloom better with wild roots, that's what I'll let them have. And not try to make them behave according to someone's aesthetic standards.(Tall people walking in my yard just have to watch where they are going...) In nature, they don't have media at all... just maybe some old detritus, but rain washes away any bad stuff.
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Without having seen an orchid in the wild, my guess would be that living bark on a living tree doesn't break down. Maybe better insight from someone with more knowledge will give a better answer.
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I have seen quite a few orchids growing in the wild... some of the roots grab onto the tree, others may hang free. Leaves and other "forest junk" gets caught in crevices, as it breaks down, that's a source of nutrients. But there is plenty of air, and plenty of drainage. Some of the smaller epiphytes may actually be more embedded in moss or lichens or similar plant material that itself is attached to the tree. But again, lots of air and perfect drainage. And usually a very humid environment (though that can vary geographically and/or seasonally) But in general, epiphytic orchids have colonized a niche where they don't have a lot of competition for light and the real estate to establish their roots. (The ground is a much more crowded place)
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Travel is more difficult recently, but it is such a learning experience for orchid lovers to visit habitat. Florida is not impossible for people in the US to visit. With a proper guide or directions there are plenty of public parks and nature reserves with readily seen epiphytic orchids in the wild. Bromeliads, too.
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Generally, my Catts do best once they escape from their pots, or even baskets. I figure if they bloom better with wild roots, that's what I'll let them have. And not try to make them behave according to someone's aesthetic standards.(Tall people walking in my yard just have to watch where they are going...) In nature, they don't have media at all... just maybe some old detritus, but rain washes away any bad stuff.
Sound advice Roberta and with your orchid collection it seems to be working well!
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Travel is more difficult recently, but it is such a learning experience for orchid lovers to visit habitat. Florida is not impossible for people in the US to visit. With a proper guide or directions there are plenty of public parks and nature reserves with readily seen epiphytic orchids in the wild. Bromeliads, too.
Yes, so true ES. I almost didn’t go to FL a few weeks ago because of all the travel hassle. I am so glad I did though, the visit to the Marie Selby garden in Sarasota really made it worth the trip. Seeing the epiphytes outdoors and the absolute jewels of epiphytes indoors in their conservatory was the highlight of the trip. Some photos below. Seeing them in the wild in woodlands and the Everglades is always a treat.
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Here’s my Lc. Park Ridge 'Thornridge' (Spring Comet x C. mossiae). And speaking of escaping from the basket, it’s learning a few tricks from its brother that I posted a few posts back. It’s the happiest I’ve seen it though; the most sheaths ever. Looking forward to March blooms. Photos below of it’s Houdini antics and a bloom back in 2020.
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Here’s my Lc. Park Ridge 'Thornridge' (Spring Comet x C. mossiae). And speaking of escaping from the basket, it’s learning a few tricks from its brother that I posted a few posts back. It’s the happiest I’ve seen it though; the most sheaths ever. Looking forward to March blooms. Photos below of it’s Houdini antics and a bloom back in 2020.
Now THAT is a happy plant (and very pretty flower too) I'd say that qualifies as root porn. The basket is useful just to have something to attach a hanger to, doesn't faze the plant particularly.
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