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which wood?

Is white ash a good wood on which to mount? How about cherry? Thanks!

I found a person online that sells fairly large slabs of wood very inexpensively. I ordered two and they are beautiful! I wanted to make sure that they were ok before I went ahead and mounted some plants on them.

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There's no reason to avoid either white ash or cherry wood for mounting. White ash may not be as rot resistant as some other woods, but should still be good for many years. The only temperate zone hardwood I would particularly avoid using for mounts is walnut because it can be phytotoxic. Show us the mounts when you have them.
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White Oak, if you can get it as branches or other interesting shapes is pretty moisture tolerant. They make outdoor furniture with it because of that.

I should also mention Mahogany. Very moisture tolerant, but if you're looking for odd shapes, it would very hard to find. As boards, no problem.
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May I ask what the website was?
I'm only inquiring because moving wood (selling etc.), especially ash since the advent of emerald ash borer is very much frowned upon.
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Haven't heard of the ash borer, but I can buy ash here in So. Cal. at Lane Stanton Vance. They sell primarily to cabinet makers. Part of BluLinx Corporation. Not a lot of lumber companies sell it, but they do. I've rebuilt some cabinets with it and more to come, since I'm rebuilding more in my house. Hate to find out I can't get anymore... I'd be scree-yued
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May I ask what the website was?
I'm only inquiring because moving wood (selling etc.), especially ash since the advent of emerald ash borer is very much frowned upon.
it's someone on ebay selling wood plaques.
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is purple heart safe I have a ton of it but was told it is toxic
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No clue. Sorry.
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Many areas do have restrictions on moving ash logs, branches, etc. due to emerald ash borer, a non-native pest that is killing millions of ash trees (genus Fraxinus) in North America. Ash wood with bark should not be transported casually. The restrictions do not apply to ash lumber.

Purpleheart (genus Peltogyne) does have some toxicity concern for animals, probably shouldn't be given to parrots or rodents that would chew it up, but is widely used in woodworking and casual contact is no concern. I doubt there would be any concern about toxicity to orchids or other epiphytes mounted on it. It is a legume family plant, many of which can make excellent plant mounts.
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evey site I go to says it is a irritant and makes you nausea, but would this effect plants , I hav a bunch of it that wat sitting in the mud for 16 years It is as good as new
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The concerns with purpleheart are with sawdust, ingestion or long term contact - for humans and other animals. The nausea would deter anything from eating it. Again, I doubt it is of any concern for plants, but it can't hurt to be cautious and only mount an expendable plant at first. The rot resistance could make it an ideal mount.
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every site I go to says it is a irritant and makes you nausea, but would this effect plants , I have a bunch of it that was sitting in the mud for 16 years It is as good as new
I have a bunch of pine and ceder that I may use
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Try each type of wood to see which you like best. After the experiment you can report back to us which has performed the best and did the one make you or the orchid sick.

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Why not buy a cheap Phal and try it on the purple heart wood? If the root happily cling to the wood and you aren't having problems handling the mount, you know it would be a good choice.
Cedar is good, too, though.
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Well-weathered heart-of-pine is a good mount wood. It is also called fatwood or fatlighter because it kindles a fire easily. It is hard, very resinous inside, so it does not decay, but the weathered stuff is not resinous on the surface. I find good pieces of it on the ground on walks in the local forests. I recently mounted a Brassavola Little Stars on a piece of it, and the plant LOVES it - after a couple months, I no longer needed to keep the plant tied to the mount.

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You guys have lots of choice,good.
Idont have in my part of the country.

Any advice or knowlege of wood here?
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Zazeem, do you have any cedar or non-toxic native hard wood trees in Pakistan? That is what I would start with. Ask carpenters or wood worker in your area what type of local wood is resistant to rot - that may lead to some good choices.

I wish you the best of luck. When you find a wood that you plant to try, please post and let us know what you are using. Post pictures, especially if the wood and plant are beautiful together!
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if you use willow it might start growing
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