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    Can you tell just by looking at an orchid if it is Epiphiatic?
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    Non epiphytes (and non-lithophytes) typically have more fibrous roots. There are a couple pictures of Paph roots on this page - http://www.ladyslipper.com/coco3.htm but they don't really show the difference as much as I'd like. I think healthy Paph roots look like sick epiphyte roots, except at a growing tip. Even that looks different, but it does look healthy.

    Most orchids people grow are epiphytes, but people grow most of the epiphytes in pots. Many epiphytes adapt quite well and, in fact, a root that grew in a pot will often die if exposed on a mount. A root that originally grew out in the air will often die if buried in a pot.
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    Thanks. My Phal. has rely thick roots about as thick or thicker than a pencil....does this help?
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    Phals are epiphytes. They can be grown mounted, but its much harder to give them the propper care, unless your willing to water it every morning and every midday if its in the summer. Since Phals do not have a pbulb to hold water like many others doo then the only storage it has is in its leaves and roots. Really only the species do good mounted. Hybreds do good hanging out a slat backet with sphag moss inside the basket to hold some moisture. Mounted orchids just dry out to fast. So even though they are epiphytes in the wild we do not exactly create the EXACT same enviromnet for them to grow since many get a considerable ammount of dew and humidity in the mornings in the wild. So Its best to mount those that like to get BONE dry on mounts unless you have the wear with all to woter it in the AM and midday to keep it from trying out to much. Sound about right Bruce?

    Oh and to reinerate the point about terestrial orchid roots. I GAVE a paph sedenii to a frined and she cut all the roots off of it thinking they were rotten because they were brown. I slapped my forehead and told her that paphs are terestrials and the roots are suposed to look like that. It was my error in not informing her on the roots, because that is true if they are brown they are more than likely rotten on an epiphytic type orchid.
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    so i could mont mine on somthing attactive.....hmmmm any ideas on techniques on how to mount and what to mount on?
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    for a good sized Phal you would probably need a steer skull though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] i plan on mounting a smaller Phal on a log in my next frog tank.
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    Rattler's way too proud about that thing. It looks like it should be crawling out of the ooze on a comic book cover.

    Anyway, I'd never try to mount a Phal because I know I'll be lazy and only water it 1-2 times per week in the winter and a mounted Phal would mummify pretty quickly in the dry air. That might be perfect for a skull mount, but I'm getting sidetracked here.

    If you have a lot of experience with orchids, feel free to try a mounted Phal. If not, you can try one anyway, but I recommend you grow Phals in pots and only try the most tolerant orchids on mounts until you figure out what works for you.
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    WOW today....HUGE BARGIN!!!! there were Phals. at my kroger and i just had to buy one. it has white flowers. anywho i got it for 5 bucks!!!!! this theing was so neat looking i just had to get it. its roots are overflowing....aw heck heres a pic to truly explain it....



    Herenorthere: could you ID this Phal? i know that i have seen it as a species somwhere if that helps....
    alex
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