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Vegetal wall

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Dilandiland, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. Dilandiland

    Dilandiland Member

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    Hello! i will try here to introduce my vegetal wall to you. I am french so please forgive my english, i am probably doing many mistakes.

    I wanted to build a support allowing orchids to grow naturally as close as possible as to their wild condition. It had to be an automatic system freeing me from the watering drudgery.

    The wall is 2m40x 0,70m, it reaches my roof.

    I built everything from A to Z. Here is a basic smmary of the system:
    - The main support is a vertical frame with a non-biodegradable fabric.
    - their is a tank below, containing 100 to 200 L of water. An hydraulic pump bring the water to the top of the wall and let it fall on it, moistening the whole thing, and going back to the tank below. it's a closed loop.
    - Plants are fixed on the support according to their size, water requirements, light requirements ect. They grow new roots going where they want: inside the wall, inside the moss, outside, according to the plants own way of growing.
    - The water is manually controlled, it was hard to find the good recipe (osmosis water or tap water, fertilizer, Ph, kh, conductivity). Now after one year, it's not the water anymore that is rulling the wall settings, it's the wall himself that had a strong balance and that is changing the water settings when they differ from his own balance: Ph 5-6, conductivity 450-600.
    - I learned a lot about the plants needs, especially about the huge calcium and bicabonartes consumption of plants.
    - I had some failures, many trials, but now the good recipe is found, it's mainly sucess with growing and flowering.

    Here are some steps and some pictures of flowers.

    The species on the wall are:
    - Angraecum (germynianum, scotianum, elephantinum, linearifolim, echlerianum, birrimense, mauritianum)
    - Aerangis (kirkii, elisii, kotshyana, fuscata, articulata, fastuosa)
    - Dendrobium (leucocyanum, subacaule)
    - Stanhopea (napoensis)
    - Masdevalia (caesia)
    - Neobathiea (perrieri, grandidiera)
    - CHristensionia (vietnamica)
    - Renanthera (monachica)
    - Coryanthes (macrantha)
    - Barbosella (orbicularis, cogniauxiana)
    - Bulbophyllm (many species, among them: moniliforme, polliculosum, tingabarinum, plumatum, lipan)
    - Thrixspermum (centipeda)
    - trisetella (triaristella)
    - Restrepias (they haven't flowered yet and it's keiki)
     
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  2. Dilandiland

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    IMG_1546.JPG IMG_1565.JPG IMG_1632.JPG IMG_1653.JPG FullSizeRender(13).jpg FullSizeRender(15).jpg IMG_6965.JPG FullSizeRender(14).jpg
     
  3. Dilandiland

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    and after a year the wall is completely covered with 13 differents mosses species, ferns and others mur final 2.jpg mur final.jpg mur final 3.jpg DSC00148.JPG DSC00153.JPG bulbo 1.JPG bulbo 2.JPG bulbo 3.JPG DSC09666.JPG DSC09759.JPG acso.jpg asco2.jpg asco3.jpg asco4.jpg asco5.jpg DSC00167.JPG DSC00168.JPG
     
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  4. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very impressive setup!
     
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    It is indeed impressive.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Fantastic set up! Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes look.
     
  7. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Very nice!
     
  8. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wonderful. Thanks for the details.

    What is the substrate? In the photos it looks like carpet padding.
     
  9. Harvey south florida z10b

    Harvey south florida z10b Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely amazing! You have a unique skill. If you had an interest a productive and lucrative business could easily be created. A little bit of marketing would generate a worn path to your door.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful wall. And your English is perfect.
     
  10. Harvey south florida z10b

    Harvey south florida z10b Well-Known Member

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    What is the humidity in your house. Does air conditioning and heat cause it to be too dry? Thanks.
     
  11. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    That's absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us! This makes me want to look into building something of the sort!
     
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    VERY impressive!!! I wish I had a place to do that... i love to see "live" walls. More business need to do something like this...
     
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    C'est impressionnant et magnifique ce que vous avez fait! Félicitations! Je suis frainchement jalouse! :clap:
     
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    I too am curios about the substrate and how the watering system works. Is there a distribution header at the top?

    Its very impressive.
     
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    Very unique and the end result is remarkable because you have apparently mastered the art of growing a beautiful and healthy collection of miniature orchids.
     
  16. Dilandiland

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    Thanks evrybody for all your nice comments. I am glad you find it nice.

    It's a kinf of blanket used for covering the bottom of pools, it's called "aquanape" in french but i don't know what could be the equivalence in english. I fixed it as a double layer, hanging from the top of the wall. It retains enought water to stay moistened but not completly wet. The shallow layer dries faster, allowing orchids that don't like to be wet to get their roots healthy, while it keep the inner layer wetter, where orchids that like water have sent their roots.

    Thank you very much! I first started this to help me growing orchids inside without being bothered with watering.

    The humidity is kind of normal for a house, i do not measure it though. When the wall wasn't covered, it released some humidity in the air that was pretty unpleasant. But as soon as the mosses arrive and cover the blanket, their is no more problem: it even absords humidity, letting the atmosphere is my house totaly normal. It has no smell neither, but if you put your nose at 1cm of the wall, you can smell a very very mild smell looking like fresh musrhoom wich is pretty pleasant.

    I seeded the water and the blanket with a lot of micro-organisms (symbiotics fungi, symbiotics bacterias, metabolizing bacterias) because i believe they provide an healthy medium to the orchids, even if i don't have formal prooves about it.
     
  17. Harvey south florida z10b

    Harvey south florida z10b Well-Known Member

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    My guess is there are very few people that have a tried and true formula that works. The results are amazing and desirable. You have an opportunity to make a lot of money doing some pleasant work. Have you thought about this?

    I could see this in an upscale office building lobby or any high rent area from public places to homes...
     
  18. Dilandiland

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    Thank you again! i am growing orchids for the simple pleasure and satisfaction it gives to me ^^. Maybe it could be worth selling the system but i don't have the time for it anyway! So i guess it will stay a private growing wall :)

    here is how it looks like today: 3 of the 5 divisions of the bulbophyllum tingabarinum are blooming together, and the bulbophyllum lasiochillum is flowering too below them bulbo tinga.jpg .
     
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    This is so amazing! I hope to build something like this someday!
     
  20. Harvey south florida z10b

    Harvey south florida z10b Well-Known Member

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    If there was a living wall growing like this near me I would make a weekly pilgrimage to cleanse my soul...

    Trying to keep an orchid collection alive and thriving takes a lot of focus. Even with the recipe spelled out, I don't think I could ever pull off this living masterpiece. Bravo!

    Thank you Daniel for reminding me about this thread...