So while my boyfriend removed the old chainlink fence & cleaned out the clutter on the side of the house, I freed the root bound orchids from their clay pot shackles & into the trees they went. A few of the vanda species found homes on our wood fence. Where was this epiphany when I started collecting orchids?!? I guess everything has a rhyme, a reason and a time!
|Laeliocattleya in our cattley guava tree lol|
Then there is the pantyhose/bath scrunchie pro's: inexpensive, one pair can be used for many orchids, can hold sphagnum moss to help keep moisture on roots. Pantyhose/bath scrunchie con's: they have to be constantly monitored for breakthroughs, can hold too much moisture & can restrict air flow which can lead to bacteria growth, you still have to use zip-ties or thick string to attach them and once the roots start to grow they growth right through the hose/scrunchie & then you have bits of material in your orchid roots on the tree, ewww. So I think I am going to stick with the zip tie's for now but would love to hear all about your experiences with mounting orchids, bromeliads & airplants into trees!
With out further adieu...here are a few snap shots of my orchid collection in their final locations mounted in the trees, palms and on our fence. Sit down, relax, hope you enjoy and are inspired! :)
|Some of our orchids in the black ironwood tree|
|Another view of the orchids in the black ironwood tree|
|Orchids in our Jamaican caper tree|
|Cattleya in our Jamaican caper|
|Vanda's & dendrobium's on our triple veitchia palm|
|Miltassa orchid on another triple veitchia of ours|
|Bird's eye view of the orchids in the black ironwood tree|
|'No name' orchid close up from in the previous picture|
|Maxillaria tenuifolia (flowers smells like toasted coconut) in our lignum vitae tree|
|Dendrobium's on our double adonidia palm|
| Close up of one of the pink blush|
dendrobium's in the above picture
| Another close up of one of the purple|
dendrobium's in the above picture
|Blc. Rustic Spots (Bl. Richard Mueller x C. Landate) in the cattley guava tree|
|L. tenebrosa 'maravilla' in the guava tree|
| The one in the middle is|
Vanda Lamellata var. remediosae
|V. Lamellata var. remediosae close up|
The flowers smell super sweet!
|Another 'no name' vanda species|
|A close up of the little vanda cutie|
|Ok so this cattleya didn't make the trees|
yet but it surprised me by blooming early
|A close up of this October bloomer.|
It's a deep orange that gets lighter as it ages.
|Pot. Netrasiri 'orange delight' in our guava tree|
can you see it!?! LOL :)
|This Netrasiri is so hard to photograph!|
The colors are super saturated & intense.
|Pot. Netrasiri 'orange delight'|
|lc. gold digger 'redland gold' x c. schilleriana'|
|Blc. Dennis Kone AM/AOS close up|
|Blc. Dennis Kone AM/AOS this orchid has doubled in size!|
|This 'no name' cattleya blooms the exact same time as the blc. dennis kone!|
|Yes this orchid should be busted outta this crate but I'll wait|
until it finishes blooming
|This amazing orchid is in our lignum vitae|
I think it's part of the brassavola family
|Yes I lost the tag, lol|
So here you have it folks...a glimpse into the life of orchids at our humble abode.
Of course I will do a follow up post as to the status of how everything is doing with the
hopes that all newly transplanted orchids will start attaching their roots to the trunks!
Happy Gardening & wishing everyone a most wonderful weekend!!!