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Need help with staghorn

Posted by dirtygardener73 8b (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 7, 11 at 9:48

My staghorn did not do well after the move, and only two fronds on it survived. I have a large slatted orchid basket I want to put it in, since I can't leave it outdoors here in the winter. There is spanish moss EVERYWHERE here, so I was thinking I would just use that as "bedding" material in the basket. I know it probably has mites, so do I need to bleach it first? I thought that if I just laid the two fronds that are left on top of it, it will eventually cover the whole basket in a ball shape. Whatdya think? Would leaves be better, because I have a ton of those around here too, and will have even more in the fall.

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RE: Need help with staghorn

While I have a couple big staghorns, I don't consider myself knowledgeable about them. But the thing that first came to mind was why do you need bedding for them. Usually they are just secured to the bark or whatever. I use that green gardeners tape to secure my epiphytes to things. Then when they've attached themselves, I go back and rip that stuff off as I don't like the look of it.

There was a thread a few years back on the orchid forum about putting moss on roots to keep the humidity levels up. As I was caretaking my father and was losing orchids due to my lack of time/attention to give them, I tried this and have had excellent results. So I can see a use for this on the stags just to give them an extra boost while you're waiting for it to get established.

Here is a link that might be useful: My plant list (which proves that at one time I had way too much time on my hands, lol)

RE: Need help with staghorn

Well, the orchid basket is sort of deep, so I would need something in it to lift the staghorn up to the top of the basket. I know about spaghnum moss, but thought that since the Spanish moss was free, maybe that would work. It would provide moisture and would drain pretty well, I think.

I am in an apartment with a small patio, and need to be able to hang it. I'm trying to use what I have available.

RE: Need help with staghorn

  • Posted by saldut 9-10 st pete, fl (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 7, 11 at 18:26

Seems I read somewhere awhile back, that the spanish moss is full of little critters and to zap it in the microwave to kill them.... anyone with information on this ? sally

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