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Bummer of an orchid day.

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Chris, May 30, 2009.

  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    I was growing my Catt alliance species on a baker's rack with a 400 watt Metal Halide Pendant. The bulb less than 6 months old, but the ballast was probably 12 years old. This morning I woke up later than usual (I live in a 390 sq. foot studio apartment, the lamp warming up usually wakes me up in the morning), and it was much darker than normal. I didn't remember turning off the timer. So after some choice words, I showered, got a cup of coffee, and came back to address the situation with volt/ammeter in hand. Lamp was fine. The ballast finally gave up the ghost. No way I can afford a new one. Fortunately a good friend of mine has a west facing balcony, and has volunteered to take in the plants that will withstand a little bit of neglect and outdoor conditions in Texas (walkeriana and nobilior). I repotted the C. violaceas and put them in the orchidarium, I have no idea whether they will tolerate it.
     
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    How much is a new ballast?
     
  3. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Dale, they are about $200.
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Chris, check for a pm.
     
  5. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    OK.

    And check your email, too.
     
  6. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Looks like things are gonna work out fine. I'm moving in July to a house owned by a friend of mine, and I have permission to grow my plants in his backyard, and to move them in ASAP. No more sky high electric bill! Thank you for the replies Marni and Dale :)
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's great news!!
     
  8. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Chris, yuck, but sounds like you have possibilities!
     
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    That's great news, Chris! Moving to a house will be great.
     
  10. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    And after a little while in that backyard, we shall all enjoy your posts about the malevolent squirrels, demon snails/slugs, dirty whore sow bugs, scorching sun, drying winds, thieving birds, and temperatures well outside the theoretical max for 'warm growing' orchids. They don't actually like it when Texas and Oklahoma are 110 F. for 50 days in a row.... although some of them *will* survive it! :D

    I'll be happy to offer suggestions for squirrel management, if applicable.

    edit: crap...i forgot to mention the roaches, grasshoppers, aphids, ants, scale, opossums, racoons.... it'll be fine i'm sure.
     
  11. Clark

    Clark Gator Member

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    Dang,
    I thought those maladies only occurred in a greenhouse.
     
  12. Chris

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    I will be growing nobilior outdoors. Mato Grosso do Sul has a climate remarkably similar to Texas hill country, with the exception of a little more rain in the summer.
     
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  14. Wendy H

    Wendy H Just me

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    Good going Chris. Aside from the few burns those look like very healthy, happy plants! :clap: