Indoor plants orchid display

Not sure where to post, we dont have a thread for indoor plants.   I am trying to source that cork bark stuff that exhibiters  use around trunks to display orchids, I have only found small pieces, (with BIG prices) for vivariums.Wanting to cover a downpipe in our conservatory to display orchids.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,316

    HERE IS A RECIPE 

    https://www.justaddiceorchids.com/just-add-ice-orchid-blog/bid/93684/how-to-make-bark-mix-for-your-phalaenopsis-orchid

    I IMAGINE THAT YOU COULD USE THE REGULAR BARK CHIPPINGS THAT YOU BUY FOR FLOWER BED MULCHES.

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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,914

    No, not the orchid compost, they grow in, the cork bark sheet stuff they wrap round the poles etc, them hang the orchids on.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,316

    OH RIGHT.

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN A POLE DANCING ORCHID ( I LEAD A SHELTERED LIFE) BUT YOU COULD MAYBE FIND SOMETHING A BIT MORE INDIGENOUS THAN CORK. MAYBE BIRCH BARK OR SHAGNUM MOSS, OR BOTH.

    http://www.floristrywarehouse.com/birch-bark-sheets-flat-natural.html

    ?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,594

    Wow, the bark is expensive.  If you know the name of any of the exhibitors you could try contacting them for suppliers.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,914

    SHAGNUM moss, this whole forum is getting VERY rude, people loving tits and firm butts!!! I dont think moss would live inside. I dont know the name of any exhibiters, (are there any exhibitionists on this form?) The bits I saw on e bay were about £30 plus and I would need a huge amount. Have had a change round in the conservatory, they all lived on a big tray of shingle on top of a kitchen cupboard which I hated out there, now have this exposed pipe, which frankly looks a lot etter than when it was boxed in with contiboard stuff rather badly.  I now have a kitchen maid, triple one very rare, already EXACTLY the right colour, so I was meant to buy it!  Brilliant for all my storage needs, had seem the orchids growing on fake trunks before, some yes on moss, but that was in the flower tents, so I guess for the short while they could keep it sprayed, some were in the see thru plastic pots some were just hangin, sans pot

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,628

    Sphagnum moss keeps its form fairly well even when dry, so you could try a giant version of the mossy poles they grow climbers up, just moss, held in place with a length of thin wire. Or maybe wrap the pipe in some of that bamboo or heather screening stuff. It should cope with the odd bit of dampness from time to time if it is meant to be used outside.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,316

    I DO BEG YOUR PARDON. image

    THEY DON'T CALL ME PANSYFACE FOR NOTHING.

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    Last edited: 20 July 2017 10:08:26

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