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Marni's Current Cool Greenhouse

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Marni, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is my cool greenhouse that is soon to be replaced. And the new one will definitely have a taller roof with more slope and the misting tube under a bench. It has a minimum night temperature of 50°F and a maximum of 75°F except on the very hottest days when it can go to 85°F. It was built in 2 parts. The first was a 10 x 12' section attached to my workshop to the north and a small shed to the south. Then a 9' x 17' extension was added on to form an L shape. It's a bit hard to get the sense in images, but this will give you an idea. The first four images are of the 10 x 12 section with the last of these images looking from the door of my workshop to the far corner of the L. The rest of this section extends around the corner to the right and those are shown in the next thread.

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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Here are a few shots of the addition.

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  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow, just wow! I am truly impressed. What do you have that generates that much mist?
     
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    Now that's what I'm talking about!!! Kudos!
     
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    Holy shit!!! That is absolutely incredible!!!!
     
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    WOW! I would absolutely love to have a space like that but it's not going to happen as long as I live in OH. I'll just have to live vicariously through pics like yours. Again, WOW!
     
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    That's fantastic! It is such an impressive space! Thanks for sharing it with us!!
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is an ultra-sonic mister. I got one last September for the intermediate house and was so happy with it I got another one for the cold house. The one in the intermediate house puts out a lot more because it as twice the generation capacity. The mist doesn't wet anything, just keeps the humidity constant. I love it.
     
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    Marni, your space is just incredible! It is no wonder you have so many magnificent things to share with us.
    I hope to have a great grown space of my own someday! It looks like you've done many ingenious things with your space over the years.
     
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    Wow, beautiful space, Marni! You have so many amazing specimen plants. What's that long pendant plant on the left side of the second-to-last picture in post #1 (sorry for the wacky description...)?
     
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    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry, I missed this earlier. I think you are asking about the zootrophion. I don't remember the species name right now. Nice plant, really have to hunt if you want to see a flower.
     
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    Wow. I truly admire your Cool greenhouse set up. Is the reflecting sheet on the wall to create more light or for insulation OR just a clear plastic? Do you water the plants from the pipe on the ceiling?
    I love the misting system you have and the huge space full of spacemen plants.
    Thank you very much for sharing.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Because of the building blocking a lot of the south light on part of the greenhouse I put up the reflective Mylar sheets to bounce back whatever light I can. The pipe on the ceiling delivers the mist only. I have a hose in the greenhouse and water all of the plants by hand.
     
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    Thanks, Marni. I love the pendant habit some of those Pleuros have, I really need to diversify a little more in that area.
     
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    Thank you Marni. I wonder how long you spend watering your plants.... I am sure you would be there even if you do not have to water them. But, you don't mind me asking why you prefer watering by hand rather than setting up misting/watering system that I am sure you can set it up for majority of plants ?
     
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    It takes about 1 hour to water everything in the collection. Most days I average 15 to 25 minutes on misting/watering, less in the winter and more in the summer. Some days the only time I have to spend in the greenhouse is when I am watering. Because my collection is varied and I have hanging plants and plants on rings, the only way I can insure that each plant gets watered is to do it by hand. And even at that, some don't get watered. Restrepias are notorious for diverting water away from themselves and I still find ones that have been missed one time to many.
     
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    Only ONE HOUR is dumb good!
    Why Restrepias? Is there any particular reasons? Sorry I'm so naive.
    I just saw cool looking flower like seven or eight Masdevallia flowers put together in your first photo at the right bottom corner. What is it? I want one.
     
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    It is the shape of the leaves that directs the water away from the base of the plant. I think the masdevallia you're looking at is M. ova-avis or the brids's egg masdevallia.
     
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    Thank you Marni. Your flowers of ova avis look larger than they supporse to be. Very nice. Having a good size cool green house is my dream. I appreciate your replies.