Mounting orchids on wood can be a fun project, but it can be a bit of a challenge especially if it’s your first time mounting an orchid. That’s why we put together these easy to follow instructions to make mounting orchids on wood a little easier.
Whether your mounting Phalaenopsis on Driftwood or you’re mounting orchids on cork bark this guide will walk you through all the steps you need to follow in order to mount an orchid on any type of wood.
Mounting Orchids on Wood
Today we’re going to be mounting orchids on wood using a large Phalaenopsis Orchid (Buy Online), and we’ll use a different technique of mounting phalaenopsis orchids using superglue instead of attaching it with monofilament.
Mounting Phalaenopsis Orchids
First, begin by sterilizing all of your tools with isopropyl alcohol. If you think it’s necessary you can also sterilize the wood in an oven set at 300 degrees for three hours. You’ll also want to brush off any loose wood chips and debris from the surface of the wood to ensure the orchid stays in place once it’s mounted.
Soak Sphagnum Moss
Prepare the new substrate by soaking a handful of fresh Sphagnum Moss (Buy Online) in a bowl of warm water.
Clean Orchid Roots
In another bowl of fresh room temperature water gently remove the substrate from the orchid’s roots being careful not to damage any living tissue. You can save the substrate for future reuse as long as you sterilize it in either an oven as we did with the wood or in a bath of hydrogen peroxide and water.
Trim Dead Roots
Trim any dead or sick roots, leaves, and stems from the plant. Be careful not to damage any living tissue while cutting off the dead roots. You can identify living tissue by its firmness, and it’s green color.
Orchid Mounting Ideas – Positioning Orchids
Before mounting phalaenopsis orchids you should assess how you want the plant to be positioned on the wood. Always hold orchids by the sturdy trunk rather than the leaves or roots to avoid damaging the plant. Keep in mind Phalaenopsis orchids naturally grow downward when attached to trees with their roots clinging to the bark.
Prepare Wood Surface
Use super glue or Krazy Glue to shore up any loose pieces of wood. Then prepare the section of wood you intend to mount the orchid. You’ll want to spray a mix of water and isopropyl alcohol to both cleanse the area and to get the surface ready for the glue.
Layer Sphagnum Moss
Starting with small clumps of Sphagnum moss put drops of glue on the wood, and then carefully press the moss in place to form a bed of moss for the orchid. Be careful not to get the glue on your hands as it will bond very quickly.
Mounting the Orchid on Wood
Take the plant and position it carefully where you want it to be mounted while carefully aligning the roots to spread across the surface of the wood. Then add generous dollops of glue to the roots where the plant will touch the wood.
Glue The Roots
Focus first on the sturdiest roots and stem at the top of the plant pressing them into the wood to create the first weight-bearing bond with the wood mount. Then continue to add bits of glue to the other parts of the plant and press the roots onto the wood without damaging the orchid. The more points of secure contact the better, but you won’t need to use that much glue to secure an orchid.
Super Glue (Buy Online) is naturally inert and will not damage or burn your plant. Eventually, your orchid’s roots will grow into the wood and hold itself there without the glue. But the glue makes it much easier especially if this is your first time mounting an orchid on wood.
Apply More Sphagnum Moss
Grab some fresh Sphagnum moss and began gluing larger chunks around all of the root structure. Try to maintain a fairly natural look that blends with the flow of the wood and the plant. Make sure you use enough Moss to keep the plant healthy. If your orchid quickly gets dehydrated you might need to add more moss later to ensure it always has enough water.
You can use compressed air to brush away loose moss, and then thoroughly soak the Mount and moss with a spray bottle filled with water.
Hanging Orchids on Walls
If the wood you used is soft enough you can easily hand screw some small hooks into the back of the wood. Then you can attach some picture wire to the hooks so you can hang your freshly mounted orchid on your wall.
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