This is the start of the Christmas flowering and any plants with Sarcochilus hirticalcar as a parent will continue to flower until May/June. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Part 5 of my Orchid Mounts and the last. All our Dendrobium linguiforme varieties are mounted on cork. These are the only ones that get foliar feed once a week. Well we hope that this helps our orchid growing friends and gives them other ideas for better growing results and makes things a little easier.
 

Part 4 of Orchid Mounts and Pots. This is one of my latest ideas for plants that need more belly room to grow pendulously out over the pot like terete leaf dens, bulbophyllums, Vandas etc, and many other orchids. You have two 140mm port mesh pots, cut the bottom out of one and upend it onto the other joining them together at the holes provided. Then make a hanger for it as per photos.

Part 3 of the Gutter Guard Mounts. These are made up of the Plectorrhiza tridentata, more commonly known as the tangle root orchids as the roots are all twisted in the air and look untidy. Since trying the first one in the gutter guard mount we found the roots were turning and going back into the mount chasing the food as you can see in all of the photos. I have now potted all of our Plectorrhiza this way and also Peristeranthus hillii which are growing very well.

 

Part two of Gutter Guard mounts. We were so surprised at how well the terete leaf Dens. grew in the gutter guard mounts, so we decided to try out the twig Sarcochilus and primary hybrids. These responded very well and some were flowering 12 months out of the flask. We now grow all of our possible breeding stock this way. We start all of these seedlings on the small mount and when they get larger we add another section to the bottom of the mount. If you ever have to change the potting mix you just have to take the pot out of the bottom tap the sides and most of the mix comes out, then just replace with the new mix and put the pot back into the bottom and secure.

This is part one of our orchid mounts. You will find that they are mostly Gutter Guard mounts. We have tried a lot of other mounts e.g. cork, tree fern etc. but because of our growing system we don’t get time to foliar feed so the plants were suffering or dying from neglect. Our plants are only given a sprinkle of blood and bone (watered in) 2 to 3 times a year and that is why we experimented in using the gutter guard mounts. You will see by the photos how the plants are growing. There is one group that we keep on cork and that is the linguiforme which will follow in part 2. The first 4 pictures shown are Den. striolatum. The seedlings were put into the top of the mount and they have come out progressively all the way down and make a nice display.

These Sarcochilus Velvets herald the start of their flowering season which is from now until next May, and sometimes a bit beyond. The group consists of Velvets, Nicky, Riverdene and other crosses with hirticalcar. Also, Belmont Rose is Velvet x Cindy; Hargitay is Velvet x Riverdene and Janice is Perky x hirticalcar.