Pumpkin Beth

Pumpkin Beth

UK / Horticulturalist and garden writer: passionate about plants, conservation, and encouraging others to garden and take care of our truly beautiful, natural world.
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How to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork - Pumpkin Beth

How to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork - Pumpkin Beth

Here’s the Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen, which is now mounted on cork bark and ready to go inside a terrarium.

Here’s the Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen, which is now mounted on cork bark and ready to go inside a terrarium.

The strips of material cut from stockings are very strong and flexible, it’s easy to secure the moss and orchid in place on the cork. You don’t need to tie the orchid in very tightly, aim to just gently hold the plant in place with the ties.

The strips of material cut from stockings are very strong and flexible, it’s easy to secure the moss and orchid in place on the cork. You don’t need to tie the orchid in very tightly, aim to just gently hold the plant in place with the ties.

Here’s the orchid, sandwiched between its two layers of moss, ready for the strips of material cut from stockings to secure it all in place.

Here’s the orchid, sandwiched between its two layers of moss, ready for the strips of material cut from stockings to secure it all in place.

Gently place your orchid on top of the moss, then your plant is ready for the covering layer of moss to be placed over it.

Gently place your orchid on top of the moss, then your plant is ready for the covering layer of moss to be placed over it.

Here’s the piece of cork bark with the moss placed over it, ready for the orchid to be mounted on top.

Here’s the piece of cork bark with the moss placed over it, ready for the orchid to be mounted on top.

Here is the Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen, pictured after the dead roots have been removed.

Here is the Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen, pictured after the dead roots have been removed.

After removing the orchid from its pot, I then remove the moss, bark, or growing media, from around the plant’s roots. Any dead or decaying roots can now be cut away, using sterilised cutting tools.

After removing the orchid from its pot, I then remove the moss, bark, or growing media, from around the plant’s roots. Any dead or decaying roots can now be cut away, using sterilised cutting tools.

The next step is to remove your orchid from its pot. If your orchid has become one with its pot, you may need to cut the pot in order to remove your plant from its pot.

The next step is to remove your orchid from its pot. If your orchid has become one with its pot, you may need to cut the pot in order to remove your plant from its pot.

These strips of material cut from stockings are soft and flexible, they make ideal ties, which I use to secure my epiphytic orchids in place when I mount them onto cork bark.

These strips of material cut from stockings are soft and flexible, they make ideal ties, which I use to secure my epiphytic orchids in place when I mount them onto cork bark.