Mounted Dendrobium nobile Orchids

On one of the hottest day of 2016, I mounted some keikis for my friend Didi.  I think she was nonplussed about this strange arrangement and left them in a corner of her garden, under the hydrangeas.

I used a piece of old floorboard as the base; drilled a couple of holes in it and fashioned a hanger with galvanised wire.  I tied a few keikis together, put some sphagnum moss on the roots and wrapped a piece of hessian around them.  Then I strapped the bundle onto the board.  I must admit it looked as if it was being hung to dry.


November 1, 2016 – a bunch of keikis freshly cut from their ‘mum’ were tied together and strapped to a piece of old floorboard

The keikis were from her own garden.  Didi had complained that the huge clump of Dendrobium nobile produced no flowers.  I pointed out the oversize pot they were in and suggested they’d also been overwatered over winter.  The number of keikis (babies) they produced proved my point; they came at the expense of flowers.  Orchid babies are produced with roots attached so we removed them and I repotted them in a dozen pots, plus the mount.

When I visited them ten months later, I discovered that all the keikis have flower buds on them; the best performing being those on the board.  Diane immediately hung it on her wall.


September 11, 2017 – ten months later, there were more than a dozen flower buds on them

As the roots are now clinging onto the board, the ties were removed.  You can still see the remains of the hessian in the picture. Click photo to see enlarged details.

Since then we mounted all the other potted keikis on boards and they have lived happily ever after:


October 4, 2017



This looks like three photos but it is actually one picture of the orchids against the wall that has a recess in it

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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5 Responses to Mounted Dendrobium nobile Orchids

  1. taphian says:

    very beautiful flowers, dear Mary. They feel the love you have for them and thank you with flowers. Have a nice day, kind regards from snowy Hamburg, Mitza

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  2. I am amazed Mary, you certainly know your stuff when it comes to Orchids.

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  3. Well done. A lovely tale of the successful process

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