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A new accomodation for my orchids

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by EGOISTA, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. EGOISTA

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    Hi to everyone,
    I've just moved home,I come back to my parents house and so I had to think something for my orchids.

    the room is very shaded, in the basement, but there is a dedicated heater with thermostat, so I used a plastic greenhouse ...

    I will make some improvements like change the upper neon with a Phytolite and
    something very important for the air moving.

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  2. John Klinger

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    Very nice the way you have it layed out, should work fine.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Do you have to move the plants to water or can you use a hose? You should be able to control the humidity much better than in the house. Keep us posted.
     
  4. EGOISTA

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    I use one of those 5 liter sprayer, this room is used in laundry, when my mother hangs clothes umidity is very hight otherwise the umidity falls down due the hot air heater....unfortunally I lost some orchids for rot
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is always hard to change growing conditions. Hopefully you will figure out some way to compensate.
     
  6. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thank you for sharing your growing space :)
     
  7. EGOISTA

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    I bought a fan very good, I will installing it for improve air moving, and I will clothe the walls of the greenhouse with aluminum to reflect more light!!!
     
  8. Marni

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    Air movement will certainly help. Are you familiar with Mylar? It is a nylon or polyester film that is coated with a reflective metal. It is used in indoor growing set ups (most notably marijuana growers) that is great for reflecting light. I use it on north walls to reflect back light. It doesn't tear easily and holds up over time. Hydroponic/indoor gardening stores carry it here. I have also used the very thin sheets they sell for hikers as a thermal blanket for emergencies, but they don't last as long. It will work better than aluminum foil if that is what your are planning on.
     
  9. EGOISTA

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    Thank you Marni, I know Mylar but is it very expensive, I've bought the lamps and the fan in a store for indoor growers (marijana growers :D...)the seller has advised me aluminium, infact I don't like this,I mean the aluminum foil for cooking,that's difficoult to apply ..Tomarrow I will take a look in a Bricocenter if there is something can be usefull. I hope this accomodation is temporary, I'm looking for a new job because actually I lost mine, and If I find a new job I will get married with my fiancè, so we'll built a really greenhouse!
     
  10. Marni

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    Sorry to hear about the job loss. Looking for a job is not fun, but marriage and a greenhouse would be a good reward for finding one. The thermal blankets were a couple of dollars for a 2m square. What is a Bricocenter?
     
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    Oh sorry this is the word used in Italy it is just for Bricolage centre, I think in English can be DIY Store

    thermal blankets are less exspensive than mylar but I don't know where buying it, today I saw a similar 5,00 euros/Mtl
     
  12. Marni

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    Try a hiking or camping store for the thermal blanket. The are in a little package about 3" x 5" x 1". Very light weight. You are supposed to wrap yourself in it if you get caught out in the cold.
     
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    ok, I'll try ! Thank you!
     
  14. Alexey

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    A relatively inexpencive cool air humidifier installed ontside your enclosure and connected to it by simple duct (i.e. loundry dryer flexible duct), set up through timer for cycling switch on and off wil help maintain humidity, fresh air supply, air movement and cool doun area (thecnicaly it will work as wet wall cooler). Do not use hot air or ultrasonyc humidifiers - they do not cool down the air.
     
  15. EGOISTA

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    I improved my greenhouse with a better light, I used a "Flora max" Lamp 125 watt- 6500 K° and the air moving with two fan very good ... but I'm thinking about a third fan might be better...
    My Orchids seem go well now, I have something in bud and a plant in bloom.

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  17. Marni

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    There is always more you can do, no matter how long you've had a growing set up. It is looking very good
     
  18. Uluwehi

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    Thanks for sharing the good news of the improvements you have made to your growing space and the new flowering spikes. :)