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Old 07-08-2017, 03:25 AM
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Orchids in Tree Fern advice needed

Hi,

So, I have a Masdevallia aloi in a hollowed out piece of Tasmanian tree fern.

It has been in there for 2 years or so with Sphagnum moss. The hollow is well done actually and looks great.

Problem is that the plant attaches to the walls of the tree fern and for the first time today I have had to repot it..........the roots ripped away from the wall of the tree fern which damaged and ripped apart the roots, I can't see a way around this happening. It's the healthiest plant I own, the leaves are immaculate.

So I have put it back into the tree fern as it grows so beautifully in there. Any thoughts as to stop the ripping of the roots in future? I am considering small aquarium gravel or sand but this means a lot more watering in the future. Anyone have a strategy for this?
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Can you post a picture? It would seem that you could just let it sprawl over the chunk of fern rather than repotting, if it is happy. Were you thinking the moss was rotting?
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Can you post a picture? It would seem that you could just let it sprawl over the chunk of fern rather than repotting, if it is happy. Were you thinking the moss was rotting?
The tree fern is hollowed out so the Masdevallia sits inside it with potting mix like it would sit inside a pot.

Will post a photo of this later.......
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I have grown Orchids this way in the past Darren, not Massies though. You have to think that once the plant establishes & moreso after 2+ years, that's it, it is there for ever. I used Aussie Nat Dends & if they reached over grown stage I just cut off half the fern & sat that into a pot & filled in with bark. Trying to remove a plant just sets things back.
The plants look great when growing early on but the consequences are bad as you have found.
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Maybe the answer is to keep getting new, small Masdies and growing them up, then giving them away and replacing them!
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