The Plant of Masdevallia decumana shown in the photo needs dividing and remounting as the cork is deteriorating and the plant would benefit from fresh cork to root to.
We start by sterilising scissors (we don’t want to spread and diseases especially viruses) and drilling three holes in some fresh cork.
The plant is then pulled off the old cork bark and pulled apart into natural clumps – this plant turned into four clumps.
Thick support wire is put in the top hole in the cork. A clump of Masdevallia is placed in the centre of the cork to be tied on with thin wire (we never add any moss as we find mounted plants do best when their roots can grow straight onto the cork) with the newest part of the plant against the cork (this is where new roots will come from)
Finally the the thin wire goes around the roots just below the stems and through two holes in the cork. A twist at the back ensures that the plant is held firmly until new roots grow onto the bark.