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My large orchidarium

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Raven, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    Guys, don't judge me hard. :)
    In this orchidarium I grow mostly miniature cool-intermediate orchids.
    My temperatures are between 54 - 75 year round, a few degrees cooler in winter. I'm using Agroled lights and really like them as they help to keep it 5 degrees cooler than when I was using the T5HO setup. The lights are on for 15 hours a day in summer and for 12 hours in winter. I keep it a bit drier in winter.
    There are a few warm growers and a couple of cold growers that are NOT doing well. They survive but don't bloom so I probably need to get rid of them. Some (Like Bulbo eberhardtii and Dracula hirtzii) are just too big for this setup. Some plants are recent imports so they look rough.
    There are 48 species and 4 hybrids in this orchidarium, it looks crowded, but I still have room for more! :)
    The five main genera are Bulbophyllum, Dendrobium, Dracula, Masdevallia, and Pleurothallis. I also have one or two of Porroglossum, Acianthera, Cymbidium, Angraecum, Aerangis, Rhynchostele, Sophronitis, etc.
    Five of them are in bloom now, and six more are spiking. growing area 2.JPG growing area 3.JPG
     
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  2. John Klinger

    John Klinger Active Member Supporting Member

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    Raven - Kind of hard to judge you on this set up, looks really good.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It looks great! Congratulations.
     
  4. Steve B

    Steve B Active Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice looking plants.Do you actively cool this or is it your normal surrounding temperature?
     
  5. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    Thank you everybody!
    Steve B, I don't use anything special to control the temperature. I live in the region with really cool nights year round. So at night I just open the window and it gets down to mid 50s. Sometimes it gets over 100 F in July and August (usually no more than 3-4 times a year). I use the AC during the day and it never gets above 73F in my apartment.