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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pyrrhonota, Oct 1, 2011.
This is from 22 Sept 2010. It bloomed earlier this year and I didn't take any photos.
Very nice growing! Do you keep this one quite moist? Mine appears a little parched
Thanks, Calvin. I usually water all my mounted plants once a day, maybe more if it's warm. I grow mostly in a case with >75% humidity and good air movement. This mount has a bit more moss than some of my others, but that still doesn't keep the roots from wandering (hence the rubber bands). My case is so crowded that plants tend to latch on to their neighbors and it can be a chore to remove them for photos, maintenance, etc.
Thanks for the reply - I have the same problem - case, overcrowded, attaching the neighbors. I'd be cool to compare notes - care to give a quick run-down of your setup (e.g. lights, fans, temp/humidity control, watering system etc..)? You have some really nice stuff - welcome to the forum, by the way
Very beautiful! I envy those of you who grow in a case sometimes. I do have a greenhouse, and my Eurychone does just fine, but I worry that it gets too dry at times. Yours has particularly nice green in the lip.
I'd love to hear how every one of you has their cases set up. I try to avoid overcrowding, but it's very hard. I have an angraecum leonis that has dbled. in size in a year, and an cyrtorchis humbertiana that's not far behind (thanks again Calvin). How do you all adjust ventilation?
Thanks for the compliments, everyone. Calvin and ezil, my setup is very basic - nothing like Jacob's or Karma's. It is 36" long x 24" high x 18" deep made from salvaged plate glass. It is open at the top, covered by 4 sheets of glass, one of which overlaps the others. I can adjust the openings at the ends or the middle by changing the amount of overlap. There are two 80mm computer fans providing circulation. I generally have them turned up so that leaves and flowers are constantly moving. The floor is lined with plastic "egg crate" so that potted plants are lifted off the bottom. When I water, the excess drains to the bottom of the tank where it slowly evaporates. I maintain humidity by balancing that evaporation with the amount of fresh air let in by the gaps in the cover. The case sits in a south facing bay window so I get decent sunlight (so much that I often have to use a shade cloth) and I supplement this with 4 36" T5-HO fluorescent tubes for a few hours a day. Heating comes from the sun and lights and a seedling germination pad under the case when needed. Cooling is achieved by providing shade and opening windows. It's all very primitive and requires careful attention. I have about a hundred plants in the case at the moment and it is pretty maxed out - actually much more crowded than ideal. I would love to have a larger space with better controls, but I don't have the resources for that right now.
100 hundred orchids on 4,5 square feets?! That IS an efficiency!
Although these like to be mounted, it can be difficult to keep them hydrated. You will need high humidity for mounted ones. They can be grown in pots, but the flowers are hard to see. These like warmer nights than most Angs....not happy with temps below 60 degrees.
Pete thanks for the tips
Pyrrhonota - very inspiring. Love seeing success with these little setups - gives the rest of us hope that it can be done.
Thanks for the reply Pyrrhonota. I bought mine in feb. and it has dbled. in size since then. My setup is much smaller than yours, but essentially the
same idea. I haven't moved it to a terrarium with lights yet, as it is in a west facing, bright location.
Your set-up sounds great! Do you have photos of it posted here on OI?
Sorry for the late reply. I was away from the forum for quite a while. I have just added a thread to the growing areas section and added a link to my signature. My case is very modest compared to yours.