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wooden branch mounts

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by tenman, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    I've been looking for a number of mounts that are at least 3" thick, hardwood, for orchids, 10" or so in length. I can't find anything like them anywhere - everything I find is way too narrow. Bundling several together would not work. Does anyone know of a source?
     
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    Maybe what the terrarium people call ghostwood? It can be tough to find something that thick, but I've seen some. I usually use that or manzanita driftwood I find at aquarium shops.
     
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    I don't think those will work for this. Need something unweathered so far, with no salt or pine residues. I did look at chiolla but it's usually too thin and always too porous. I need hardwood's resistance to moisture.
     
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    Manzanita is pretty rot resistant.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Yes, but I'm specifically trying to avoid cork for this; hardwood is what I'm thinking will work best; cork was not satisfactory for this in the past, though I do have many plants on cork.
     
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    And where, exactly, can I get this in 3" x 10" sections?
     
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    Tennis, a Google search turned up a lot of potential sources, but I think you’ll have a hard time finding a piece that thick.
     
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    You want 3” diameter in 10” lengths? Or various diameter in 3” and 10” lengths?
     
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    3" x 10". Each piece. It can be longer if necessary; I can always cut it down to 10" long, but has to be at least 3" in diameter.
     
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    Yeah, I have a plant on one now (L.anceps), so I know they're out there, but all I can find is 1" thick and that's not nearly thick enough. I have some of those with twig epiphytes for them, but these will be for walkerianas/nobiliors. I just keep thinking I'm not searching the right way to find them...
     
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    If you have access to Mountain Laurel branches/trunks, they work really well and can last up to 10 years or more. I’ve grown everything from Lepanthes to Cattleyas on them depending thickness and length.
     
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    I love Chuck's mounts! Highly recommend the Mountain Laurel!
     
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    tenman Well-Known Member

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    Where is this "Chuck's Mounts"?
     
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    Sorry - I was referring to the mounts Chuck-NH uses. He makes his own from mountain laurel and I'm a big fan!
     
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    Have you considered cedar?
     
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    I don't know where I'd get cedar logs, but I have used some of my extra cedar shingles from the bundle I bought to repair house shingles, and so far the plants haven't died, so I suppose it's ok, but would have to research it before putting more valuable plants on it to be sure. And, of course FIND ithe logs.
     
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    I have had problems with cedar over the years. The roots seem to have a tendency to detach from cedar. Maybe it is because it is quite porous.
     
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    I have used white cedar boards/shakes/shingles with great success. The rougher the better.
     
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    I use cedar palings (sold for fencing) and they work great. They dry quite quickly so it is better for some plants than others. You need to be sure that it hasn't been treated.
     
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