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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Torrish, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Torrish

    Torrish Active Member

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    I have been growing native hardy orchids to UK for some years. Mostly Dactylorhiza & Cypridium. I have started playing with NOID Paphilopedium & Phalanopsis indoors with a view to moving on to species once I have got the basics right. Todate this has all been using an east facing window. This seems to suit the Paph. but so far limited success with Phal. which seem to sulk. Phal. leaves are dark so it may be a light issue? Temperatures are about right. It could be humidity?

    Q. How do you measure light? Are light meters worth a try and if so what would you recommend.

    Q. How do you measure humidity?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Torrish Active Member

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    Thank you.

    I cannot be going far wrong I hope. I get plenty of growth both in the form of new leaves and roots as well as new leaf shoots developing from the base of the plant. Cut flower spikes will result in keiki.

    Will start trying hand tests and keep a note before going down the light meter route.

    Is there a hygrometer you would recommend?

    My window has room for about 50 plants in standard pots at present all on gravel trays.

    Lots of leaves, lots of roots, new growths and keiki I hope I am not to far away from getting this right.
     
  4. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Welcome, Torrish! I grow under artificial light and in outdoor greenhouses and I have found light meters indispensable. I've used the Hydrofarm model for about 8 years now and it's been great. Hygrometers come in many shapes and sizes, any will do. You should be able to find one either online of at a local well-stocked garden centre.
     
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    Thanks for the link Jacob. Much appreciated. Time to go shopping.
    Giles
     
  6. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Happy to help. I look forward to seeing photos of your terrestrial hardy orchids here.