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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Zack, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Zack

    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    Hello everyone! I'm pretty new to OI, just thought I'd post a tiny bit about myself here before I launched into asking everyone a bajillion questions:

    - My love of orchids has been going strong for over a decade (despite my relatively young age) and now I'm finally looking forward to building a terrarium to house the plants that I constantly drool over.
    - I'm currently a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, majoring in environmental bio and looking forward to getting a PhD in botany.
    - I'm hopelessly in love with Masdevallias, Lepanthes and many, many other itty bitty cool-temp-loving Pleuros.

    As well, it's very hot in New Orleans right now, so I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to remedy those two, but keeping my A/C at 70 degrees has to count for something, right? Regardless, I look forward to getting chummy with you all and learning a great deal!
     
  2. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Welcome, Zack - I grow via terrariums too and they are pretty fantastic if you're moving around a lot and need a stable environment to grow in. Looking forward to sharing ideas!
     
  3. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Hey Zack! I live in Slidell and coincidentally my name's Zach too. I'm going into my sophomore year at LSU majoring in biology. I, too, hope to go to grad school. I grow mostly mini vandaceous and some odds and ends as well. I'm just getting into Pleuros. I have a smaller terrarium I'm using inside to give them the cooler temps we can't provide here. Anyway, welcome to the forum!
     
  4. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    Welcome, Zack! There's lots of good info in the archives for building and growing in terrariums.
     
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    This_guy_Bri weirdo

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    hihi from r.i.
     
  6. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome, Zack. I can't help with terrariums but a bunch of folks here can.
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Welcome to our forum, Zack. Do you like beer?
     
  8. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    Mary Jane, you destroy me. Welcome, Zack.
     
  9. Zack

    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    Can't say that I do Mary Jane.

    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :)
     
  10. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Welcome, Zack! How fun to have two young Zac(h)ks from Louisiana here; what a coincidence. This is a great place to learn about growing orchids and we have a number of members who grow under lights, in tanks. I've learnt a lot here from the generosity of others' posts. I would suggest looking through older posts as there is lots of rich information and illuminating photos.

    A major issue for indoor growers is achieving a decent diurnal differential in temperature. Keeping your A/C at 70°F in the day time may not be very efficacious for you. It is my understanding that only orchids from very high elevations (25000-4000m) would appreciate such a low day-time temperature and you would have to match that with at least a drop down into the low 50°F's at night to compliment your daytime high of 70°F. However, if you are referring to 70°C for night-time only and you allow the day-time temps to rise to 84-88°F, this would be ideal for warm growers.