Re: dis-mounting orchids
Yeah, I'm trying to plan very carefully before planting to visualize more mature sizes and prevent plants from blocking each other from view. Though in landscape design, a bit of hidden mystery makes you want to explore. The problem here though, of course, is that you can't move around much to view it better! In my other tank that's a step behind in the plant-readiness stage, the arrangement is such that you can view the 'scape from three sides, so that will truly be fun (and easier) to plant. I was imagining it would take way more than a month of plant growth needed in terms of figuring out who might run over who, but if establishment is that much faster, I'll take it. I realize it greatly depends on species. Either way, with mounts I want to make, yes - it's "measure twice, cut once."
I was assuming moistening the mount thoroughly was the best way to prep things for being delicately pried off, so it's good to hear another confirmation.
I'm debating putting a piece of my Neofenitia clump in a tank at some point (a different one that will probably stay a teeny bit cooler), but am not looking forward to separating that rat's-nest of roots from its basket. Seriously should have repotted that thing years ago. It's doing just fine, but has something like a dozen fans and so many roots that I'm literally going to have to cut the basket into tiny pieces and pull it out. Good times! It hasn't bloomed regularly for me, but I suspect several reasons for that, all my fault of course: I'm not giving it the ideal temperature drop at night (or even seasonally); I keep using a higher-N fert. on it, rather than switching up with some "bloom-booster" ratios; I'm also not good about changing my lights photoperiod, though I'm trying to be good about it this season. Not sure if that matters with Neos, but I imagine they get seasonal photoperiod variation in Japan. Still...it's alive and otherwise "happy," so that counts for something.