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My biOrbAIR terrarium

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Silent Running, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Silent Running

    Silent Running New Member

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    Hi, I haven't posted in awhile (or very much), but there don't seem to be too many posts about biorbs, so I wanted to share some pics of some of what's currently blooming in mine. I grow at Seattle room temperature (between 60 and 66 in the winter). Last summer I moved my orchids to the basement, but it nevertheless was exposed to temps in the upper 70s for a few weeks on end. The plants looked stressed when the cool weather finally came. I plan on making accommodations this coming summer to keep them nice and cool.

    New to orchids, I first set this up in December 2016 and have been very happy with the results so far. I wish I could take credit for how well the plants are doing, but the biorb really does most of the work for me. I just make sure to mist several times per week (I use RO/DI water) and make sure the water level in the reservoir is correct. Other than that, I fertilize a couple of times/month and everyone seems to be doing well so far. The only complaint I have (besides the fact that I'm now an addict :)) is that it can be somewhat difficult to get a good photo of the plants from outside of the orb, and getting them from inside is no easy task either. That, and I feel like I'm already at capacity. I currently have 22 different species in there and I definitely feel like it's "full". In the grand scheme of things, I guess those aren't really bad problems to have :)

    First of all, a full orb shot for perspective...

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    One of my favorite views is from the top down when I'm doing maintenance.

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    Now on to what's currently in bloom.

    First up is Trisetella regia (acquired Feb 11, 2017). These are the first 2 blossoms on this plant (the one on the right opened 1/15 and the left a few days afterward). There are 5 other spikes currently developing (you can see one in the foreground of this shot).

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    Next up is Restrepia cymbula. I got this plant Feb 1, 2017 and it's been blooming pretty much non-stop since the end of March.

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    Lepanthes effusa (acquired 6/15/2017) started blooming in November and is really delicately beautiful.

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    I got this Masdevallia hartmannii April 22, 2017 directly from Ecuagenera at the orchid show in Portland. It just opened this week. I love it!

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    I got this Lepanthes elgantula x ionoptera April 1, 2017 and it's been blooming like crazy for the past month.

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    This Lepanthes calodictyon was one of the original 5 that I bought back in December 2016. It blooms pretty much non-stop. It's a beautiful plant that has put on about 8 new leaves since I first got it.

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    Finally, this is what was sold as Lepanthes jubata. It is particularly hard for me to get a good shot of. Anyone able to confirm the species?

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    I also have a few others in spike now so hopefully new pics to come soon.

    Anyway, if you've made it this far, thanks for looking and I would appreciate any constructive feedback. I really love my biorb air - it has brought me immeasurable joy over the past year.
     
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  2. rico

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    You have a really nice set up there, good work! The mosses growing inside make it look very naturalistic. Have you had any problems with mold/fungus, or does the lid have a built in fan or something?
     
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    Thanks Carter, I appreciate it! I have not had any mold/fungus issues. There is a (quiet) fan in the hood of the unit that runs 24/7 which I believe helps. It also eliminates any condensation. The pic I posted was taken right after misting, hence the water droplets. The unit also maintains RH at 75%. If it drops below, there is a vaporizer in the hood as well that kicks in to bring it back up to the proper level.
     
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  4. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    Very nice set up. Curious about the temperatures you were quoting. Upper 70's shouldn't harm those species if daytime temps. How much of a drop did you get at night?
     
  5. Silent Running

    Silent Running New Member

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    Thanks Chuck. We don't usually get much of a night time drop in the summer. The problem is most of us don't have AC in the northwest. I'm thinking of getting a portable unit for the coming summer so I can better regulate the temps. So, if it was upper 70's, or even lower 80's by day and maintained that, or dropped to maybe mid-70's by night, do you think that would have caused the plants some stress? Thanks again!
     
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    Possibly, I find that even really cool growers can do fine with mid 80's by day as long as they generally get back into the mid-50's at night. I find that too many nights in the mid-60's and above (which luckily I rarely see) are good causes for stress. I know there are others on this forum that have good success artificial cooling for indoor growing areas. Maybe they will chime in?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    All that being said...your plants do look pretty good!