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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Mariel, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Mariel

    Mariel New Member

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    Hi there, my name is Mariel. I've been collecting and growing orchids in Montana for about 3 years now, with a little bit of everything in the collection so far. Mostly phals along with cattleya, cymbidium, zygopetalum, militoniopsis, and one stubborn paph.

    I grow all of my orchids in a semi-hydroponic system and have so far had good success. I'd love to hear others experience with the semi-hydro as well as maybe some tactics for overcoming growing tropical plants in such a cold, dry environment! (I can't water my orchids reliably every day with my job, I'm gone for weeks at a time without much notice).

    Other unrelated orchid things: I love to create. Sometimes that's painting, sometimes its quilting, other times its rearranging the house furniture. Oh, and i have 3 fish (Archimedes and Luna, goldfish; and Mufasa, a beta) whom are very helpful in the orchid care department.

    Anyway, that's all for now. I'm excited to meet some equally obsessed orchid growers! We are few and far between up here!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hi, Mariel. Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a good variety in your collection.

    There are a few here on the forum that grow semi-hydroponically and they will probably speak up. Are your plants indoors with artificial lighting or in a greenhouse?
     
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    Oh I wish they were in a greenhouse! I can't even say they have artificial light yet, that is perhaps a project I am planning this winter. My low light orchids are placed in bright areas around the house and I've got the higher light ones in a south facing window that's shaded by an elm tree.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sounds like it is working for you.