I'm starting to mount some orchids, and I'm sure this comes as no surprise to some of you, a sure sign of addiction since I almost swore I wouldn't be doing this :)
I came across a website this morning which had photos of orchids mounted on pieces of bark, but the roots seemed to be "swaddled" in what looks like a bed of coconut fiber? The strands looked much thinner than spanish moss and more golden. It was secured with twine wrapped around a few times. You really only see the plant coming out from above and a couple of roots.
I thought these looked attractive, but looking at this brought a few questions:
a) Is it safe to say that these orchids are mounted in such a way that it's like they are potted? Would you water these as frequently as you would any other mounted orchid?
b) I could see the benefits of mounting this way in a really dry environment (like mine), but at the same time I wonder that the roots are really not getting enough air and light.
c) I learned that roots can still rot, even when plants are mounted, so I wonder if this is good culture.
d) I would like to know what material they are swaddling with since it's just a guess that it looks like coconut fiber.
Sorry for the long post, I wish I could post pictures. Tia!