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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by sq5rix, May 27, 2015.

  1. sq5rix

    sq5rix New Member

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    Hello everybody,

    I have just bought my first Moth orchid. I will try hard to keep it alive for some time.
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    Good luck,
    Tom
     
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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome, Tom. Good luck with the Phalaenopsis.
     
  3. sq5rix

    sq5rix New Member

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    Hi!

    I read everything I can find, here on the forum and on Phalaenopsis Care - Home

    I have designed a simple device to water my Venus flytrap and Droceras. I wonder if I could use it to water Phal.

    It is a simple tool which measures soil humidity and if it is too low, pumps some water in the base or directly to the plant. I can "calibrate" the minimum level of moisture and amount of water.

    It looks like this:

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    For my Phal I use it as a weekly timer to pump water, but I can add electrodes and measure humidity. Does it make any sense in orchid case?
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Looks great. Just make sure your orchid pot has good drainage. You don't want all that water getting pumped in and sitting there rotting your roots. If this is something you are going to rely on you may want to consider putting the pot-end of the tube in a ring configuration with a number of small holes so the water would be better distributed.

    I don't know if there is something like this already available commercially. If not, it looks like an idea that could be perfected and marketed.
     
  5. sq5rix

    sq5rix New Member

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    Haha great idea - I did not think about it. There are two producers: Parrot flowerpower and some other, both crazy expensive (but nice)
    They have only checking the conditions. I can check and water the plant.

    I have a good drainage, but there is quite a lot of water, which will be there till next watering, so I will change the outer pot.

    I will attach the moisture measurement and let you know how it works with orchid. Also, my next version will have a real time clock, so watering will be only at dawn.

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    Dave The Scientist Active Member

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    That is an really interesting piece of machinery. Very cool
     
  7. sq5rix

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    Thanks!!
    Here my new test bed for capacitative probe:
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    It seems to work :)
    It can be done really cheap, in range of 25$ per pot.
     
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    It saturated and stopped working. I will look for another way. Unless maybe it will go down after some time :(
     
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