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Old 01-29-2016, 10:50 AM
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Unhappy Support for big schomburgkia in tree

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I purchased a house that has a beautiful, large old schomburgkia in a tree. When I moved in a year ago there was a large piece of the plant that had broken off, which I wired back up into the tree.

Recently the wood triangle that supports the orchid in the three-trunk tree gave way due to rot and termites. In addition to the wood support there were some odd pieces of wood and a plastic latticed tray across the triangle for support. Part of the orchid is attached to one of the trunks and doesn't need support. We have temporarily tied it up and braced the crumbling wood triangle.

We plan on rebuilding the triangle with pressure treated wood. I am considering using 1/2 inch metal mesh screening in the center of the triangle for support. I plan on trying to position it so it will attach to another trunk of the tree as the part growing up the other trunk seems happiest. I am not sure if I should put the detached piece back in this same area or put it somewhere else.

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

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I hope someone can help you. I don't grow this orchid and Ohio isn't exactly conductive to getting experience growing orchids mounted on trees so I cannot offer any advice. Good luck! :|
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I don't grow any of the large (formerly) schoms but I know most can get really big. Why not just attach it directly to the tree? No support...just tie it right onto the tree trunk. This way you never have to worry about another support rotting off.

I would use some sort of sisal string or twine that will be sturdy enough to hold the plant but will, in time, break down so it doesn't harm the tree. By the time it breaks down the orchid should have firmly attached itself and there won't be any need for additional support.
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It's too big to just attach to the tree, it needs more support. I might breakup the piece that separated and attach that to some different trees.
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I wouldn't advise using pressure treated. It doesn't rot because it's full of chemicals that could be toxic to the orchid. Use cedar or redwood.
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