Thursday, July 25, 2019

PVC PIPE FOR ATTACHING YOUR ORCHIDS

PVC PIPE FOR MOUNTING YOUR ORCHIDS

I saw my friend in KL using PVC pipes to mount his orchids and I thought it was an ingenious way to grow orchids. It is simple to construct and it will replace the use of fern roots which is classified as Appendix 1 under CITES. I saw how  he constructed the pipes and I improved on it, making it more effective.
I use different diameter PVC pipes ranging from 1 inch to 3 inches depending on what type of orchids you want to mount. For miniature orchids I normally use a 1 inch PVC pipe, whereas for larger plants like phalaenopsis i will use a bigger diameter. 
The length of the pipe also depends on the type of orchids you want to mount. For bulbophyllum, I will use longer pipes as the plant tend to overgrow the pipe if its too short. For non-climbers I use shorter lengths. This range from 10 inches to 2 feet long.  After some experience you will know what lengths to use. A longer pipe might not harm the orchid but will take up additional space and increase the cost.


 STEP 1
I drill a small hole half an inch from the top so that a 6 inch length wire can be fixed to it  with the other end bent as a hook as show in photograph

STEP2
I use a drill with a special bit to make some holes in the pipe opposite the wire hanger. 1/4 to 1/2 inch holes are drilled into the pipe to allow the roots to enter or moisture to evaporate. 10 to 15 holes are made depending on the length of the ppe.











                                                                                      Step 3
Black nettings is cut in lengths of  1 and a half times longer than the pipe. I then use a screw to fasten the top and base of the pipe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 STEP 4
The net is then wound tightly round the pipe 5 to 7 times and the bottom end with the excess netting is tucked into the end of the pipe.The netting is then  secured with a wire at both ends



STEP 5
I recycle my moss and pack it tightly into the pipe from the top. Make sure that the moss reaches the base without pushing the excess netting out from the base.. I leave about 2 inch space above the pipe and do not fill it with moss to the top 
Once this final step is done, you will be able to mount your orchid on it . I have tried it and the result is really satisfying. The whole pipe is soaked into a solution of fertilizer and the wet moss in the pipe will provide adequate moisture for your plant. As the roots from your plant will seek out damp areas it will eventually go into the holes and the wet moss will provide it with additional water and nutrients.
Stop- using fern roots and start making your PVC pipe for mounting your orchids. It will be cheaper than fern roots.and more satisfying..




Thursday, September 20, 2018

I have a lot of Catasetums in my farm. I sell a lot of Catasetums from my farm and many are still not sure what to do with one that has dropped ones leaves and looks dead. From the series of photographs, the seemingly dead plants which is really "sleeping" will produce new shoots if left alone. For me I will take it out (especially if they have 4-5 bulbs) and cut off all the roots , clean it and tie it individually to a string and hang it upright in a shady place. I normally water it together with my other plants and allow the new shoots to emerge and then replant it when new roots appear. The newly planted plant will be grow bigger and new flower spikes will be longer with more flowers..




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Parent Plants of My Hybrids 3

Parent Plants of My Hybrids 3


This is the third set of photographs showing both parents of my new hybrids

R1001 P Premata Rosmah Mansor x P Jessie Lee


R1002 P Penang Jewel x P Permata Rosmah Mansor


R1003 P Jessie Lee x P Ivy Lee Yong Sin


R1004 P Ang Ai Hue x P cornu-cervi 'Red'


R1005 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Poh Ee Huat


R1008 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Ang Chee Yang


R1009 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Ang Chee Yang


R1010 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Robert Ang 


R1011 P Permata Rosmah Mansor sib


R1012 P Ang Ai Hue x P cornu-cervi 'Red'


R1015 P Jessie Ang x P Permata Rosmah Mansor 


R1016 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Tan Lee Moy


R1017 P cornu-cervi 'Red' x P bellina '
Blue' 

R1020 P Jessie Lee x P Permata Rosmah Mansor


R1021 P Penang Ruby x P Jessie Lee

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R1022 P Tay Kok Chye x P cornu-cervi 'Red'


R1023 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Penang Ruby 


R1024 P cornu-cervi' Red' x P Permata Rosmah Mansor


R1028 P Penang Ruby sib


R1030 P Permata Rosmah Mansor sib


R1032  P Zheng Min Etching x P Lee Wai Fun


R1036 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Jessie Lee


R1039 P Tay Kok Chye x P Adeline Ang


R1041 P Jessie Lee x P Tay Kok Chye


R1042 P Jessie Lee x P Permata Rosmah M
ansor 

R1042 P Jessie Ang x P Permata Rosmah Mansor


R1047 P Jessie Lee x P Permata Rosmah Mansor


R1048 P cornu-cervi 'Red' x P Permata Rosmah Mansor


R1051 P Permata Rosmah Mansor x P Jessie Ang


R1054 P cornu-cervi 'Red' x P Tan lee Moy


R1055 P cornu-cervi 'Red' x P Hazel Lee


R1058 P cornu-cervi 'Red' x P violacea 'Malaysia'


R1062 P Hazel Lee x P Nanya Chatchom


R1063 P Jessie Lee x P Tay Kok Chye


R1054 P Jessie Lee Sib


R1065 P violacea 'Malaysia' x P cornu-cervi 'Red'


R1067 (Michael Chamorro x Valentinii} x P Permata Rosmah 
Mansor 


R1076 P Dragon Tree Eagle x P Permata Rosmah Mansor 


R1011 P Ang Ai Hue x P Michael Chamorro