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    actually now that i think about it, i think ive got a coyote skull stashed somewhere at my parents. ill have to go over and look for it when i get back from vacation next week. ive got a mini Cattleya that shold be an ideal size and species for the size of a 'yote skull and should work well with the slightly drier conditions
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rattler_mt @ Aug. 15 2005,2:29)]actually now that i think about it, i think ive got a coyote skull stashed somewhere at my parents. ill have to go over and look for it when i get back from vacation next week. ive got a mini Cattleya that shold be an ideal size and species for the size of a 'yote skull and should work well with the slightly drier conditions
    I assume that putting an orchid on a skull would have the same affect as mounting on wood, only drier
    If thats the case,dont expect an easy ride, it will need daily care and misting
    Even missing one day could stress the plant
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    you havent seen my orchids. my mini Catts are growing on a shelf and MAYBE get watered every other week. actually you would be surprised how much stress some orchids can take. i have an Oncidium that is ofically labeled as my most abused plant that gets watered twice a month if its lucky and never fertilized. its growing like a weed and flowering every 3 or 4 months. please remember that i live in a desert and use a "humidity tent" for growing my Nepenthes, the average humidity in my house is maybe 40% on the high end. yet my one mini Catt is growing like a weed and growing out of its pot in these harsh conditions. dont under estimate these plants.
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    Nothing surprises me anymore.......someone I know hasnt watered their Cattleya for 2 months and its fine

    Mounting is different, it is a LOT drier then potted plants, mounted orchids dry out completely with a few hours, while potted orchids have a few days to take up as much moisture as possible before it gets dry again
    Tell me, have you tried any orchids mounted?
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    yep. ive got a Dockerillia(sp?) thats mounted it was hanging off of one of my nepenthes pots but i have moved it into my dart frog tank. i realize that mounted orchids are a whole other problem. and i plan to keep it in higher humidity. in all reality those pseudobulbs that are outside of the pot are basically mounted as they recieve minimal moisture and nutrients from the roots of the other pseudobulbs in the pot. i figured i would set up a "display" type 10 gal tank for it and a few other things. i was just figuring given what ive witnessed with the abuse my mini Catts have taken in the past and thrived. this new experiment seems idealy suited for them since Catts like it a lil drier than most anyways.

    that skull website and this thread gave me an interesting idea, if i ever get a large(~75 gal) dart frog tank built i may have to splurge on one of those replica jaguar skulls and see if i cant get an orchid growing on it and place it in there. now wouldnt that be an interesting addition?
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    Dockrillia is the correct spelling. These plants are extremely hardy and native to eastern Australia (previously included in the Dendrobium genus). They will handle lower humidity and cooler temps (down to 0 deg C) than many other genera and grow at their best when mounted. I have one that hangs from the roof of a pergola that is over 2 metres in length (D. teretifolium). In winter it is not watered at all whereas in summer I water it every couple of days.

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    Ebay has some cheap Human Skulls as low as .99 for 1-4 teeth.

    The way I would go about it is:

    1)Study the skull for imperfections to play on.
    2)Using the imperfections (cracks, rough areas, etc...) mount and secure the the plant in place.
    3)Burry the mounting in NON-organic mix. The inside of the skull or sockets should have mix in them as well. (This will decrease the chances of any microbe damage during burrial)
    4)Leave the mounting submerged in the mix chosen for 1 year.
    5)At 1 year; Slowly begin removing the mix, one inch at a time every other week.
    6)Once the mounting is fully uncovered, it should be established and locked in place.

    *I imagine that the inside of the skull would need to be filled with some kind of mix that the roots can reach for a long term life in this mounting.

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    A skull should be better than wood because the skull won't be competing with orchid roots for the water. That's why cork is better than wood. Spray a piece of cork with water and it stays wet a little while. Do the same to weathered wood and it's dry pretty quickly.

    But I'm surpised - I figured Rattler would have skulls all around his home. The kind of person who hunts mice in the house with a bb gun should have plenty of skulls. Hopefully, mostly animal. I never thought he'd have to go over to the 'rents to get one. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]
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