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Growing orchids on a hat.

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by musingsofjoe, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. musingsofjoe

    musingsofjoe New Member

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    Ok, might sound a little crazy but.

    I have a vented mesh drover hat ive been growing Tillandsia on for almost 2 years. I somewhat more recently branched out to orchids. I have the following mounted on either scrubbie pads or hygrolon.

    Debdrobium rigidum: has grown a few new leaves and roots...been on for about a year

    dock nugentii: overwatered at first on hygrolon, a little piece w button sized leaves survived to be remounted and has grown a new leaf/roots.

    Dendrobium prenticei

    Sophr. Cernua: new roots/leaves. Not sure if I will keep this one on due to how rigidly the leaves are connected to the bulbs...any bump could break roots.

    Hat gets whatever conditions are thrown its way. Sometimes full sun and warm days, and lots of wind. I do water it frequently, and some are somewhat shaded/protected by Tillandsia . Anyone have any thoughts as to other sp. That might do ok? I want to try Isabelua virginalis and den. Cucumerina. Have to stay small, be tolerant of bright conditions and lots of wind/potential to dry out quickly between waterings . Also must stay tiny .
     
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  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Aw, c'mon... Photo?
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    I'll bet an Ionopsis utricularioides would do great. I have one growing on the outside of a clay pot that grows very well...
     
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    musingsofjoe New Member

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    Ionopsis seems much too big. If a tolumnia/onc could be had that kept flowers right next to the plant that'd be ideal. Long spikes would almost certainly be damaged.
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Spikes are long. My 6 inch plant has a 2 1/2 foot spike right now. Do you hang the hat?
     
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    Hispaniella henekenii. Short spikes, flowers look bee-ish.
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Just checked out the Hispaniella. Awesome little species. now I want one of those. That might work for you.
     
  8. musingsofjoe

    musingsofjoe New Member

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    I wear it almost daily. It goes on hikes, out and about, etc....I live right by sf so it bikes across the Golden Gate regularly. Not just decor
     
  9. musingsofjoe

    musingsofjoe New Member

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    I try to avoid exposure to extreme conditions but it fairly regularly sees winds 15mph sometimes more. Otherwise it lives on the patio getting morning sun. Hispaniella is way cool! It seems rare and photos still suggest a long spike.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with Ray. We need a photo of this hat.

    If this is for real then Schoenorchis fragrans and S. scolopendria would likely work ... or I'll eat my hat :D
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Aarg!
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Note to self: mount a Bulbo fletcherianum to a helmet for future fashion project.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry, musingsofjoe, but without a photo you are letting our imaginations run wild. I really would like to see this hat since it sounds really cool.
     
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    musingsofjoe New Member

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    musingsofjoe New Member

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    Top photos most recent. Dockrillia has 2 more leaves than that picture.


    I have a pretty decent handle at this point what Tillandsia will do well...some plants from older pictures have been replaced or moved to different sections of the hat depending on how they are doing(their is a decent microhabitat difference between the front of the hat-where only the toughest things can survive-and the back/sides of the hat where it is more protected).




    You can see the Dendrobium prenticei and what I received as Den. nugentii. It is teeny tiny-esp. since half of it died and I thought it was a gone for sure. I guess since it currently takes little space I will leave it.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Cool project. Sorry I had my doubts but it sounded a bit out there. I bet you get lots of questions and comments.
     
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    That's one oil hat!
     
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    That was supposed to be cool hat!
     
  19. musingsofjoe

    musingsofjoe New Member

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    Ha it definitely is a conversation starter. Id say only a few folks understand what is going on. It definitely expands some minds to realize some plants can grow like this.

    I acquired a Den. Cucumerina and added that on.

    I wonder if this would work at all elsewhere? The hat has lived in WA, coastal southern California(did quite a few all day hikes in 90 degree heat and drying wind), the San Joaquin valley, and now it hops back and forth over the golden gate. I had issues at first with sunburn and plants drying up/plants getting bumped and damaged(species selection fixed that), but truth to be told I dont enjoy baking in the sun any more than plants likely do. So they are likely getting part sun most days...here in sf things are rarely warmer than 80 so overheating/sunburn is no longer much of an issue. Im sure the plants are at least occasionally photoinhibited. If I did this again in a warm climate Id potentially try a lighter colored hat....in hot weather the fabric can get hot.
     
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    People seem mixed on how much light to give Schoenorchis but it seems ckear airflow and drying is crucial. They seem pretty pricey but I bet theyd work!