Friday, October 25, 2013

Brassavola nodosa Orchid Remount

 
I've decided to re-mount my "Lady of the Night" orchid (Brassavola nodosa), so I gathered some supplies to get the job done...
 
 
...using a wire coat hanger, I made a hook to hang this huge cork slab mount I bought. Lots of room to spread out for sure!

 
I decided to fix the orchid to the new slab using its' old hook....


...there! Bent it over to ancor it well, but I want it to be tad more securely attched so the roots can't get damaged by stray movements...

 
...see how it's not flush against the slab? That won't do...

 
...so I chip away some cork so it can lie flat...

 
...then I grabbed some copper wire to secure it well. I used fishing line with the last mount, but it was flimsy and hard to work with. Didn't notice this wire had anything to do with welding when I bought it, so I hope there aren't any chemicals on it that orchids don't like.

 
Secured the wire to the back first...

 
...then wrapped it round' and round', being careful not to smish or strangle any roots.


There! Mounted the mount to a bigger mount and it looks mighty nice if I do say so myself. The wire is  kinda bright now, but it will eventually patina darker and blend in nicely.


                            Hung it on the closet door near the humidifier to keep it happy...

 
...here's hoping it grows well and blooms (sure has plenty of space!  :)
 
 

1 comment:

Vkl said...

Now that looks like a fun project!
You did a great job on those mounts!
V.