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My indoor growing area: incarnations 1 and 2

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Uluwehi, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A definite thumbs up for the plexiglass!
     
  2. EGOISTA

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    What a beautiful plant you have! Bravissimo!
    maybe if I use your method for hanging slabs and vases It will be
    better ...and my plants will recieve more light!
     
  3. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thanks Marni! If I were to buy a piece of plexiglass that size it would cost around $60. The PVC costs more like 7.50 for that size. For this reason I was especially glad to get one for free :D
    Thank you Egoista. I have to say I have become a huge fan of hardware cloth (galvanised wire mesh). It can be bent into nearly every imaginable shape. Without hardware cloth I would have a much harder time optimising my space and positioning the plants in a way that orientates them most effectively to desirable light levels. I have tried to find out what this product is called in Italy, but materials like these aren't always so easy to translate. If you like, I can contact the manufacturer and see if they can tell me what this is called in Italy so that you can find it there.

    I want to say that although I often considered growing orchids in an 'orchidarium' for years before I made this structure, but it was seeing Karma and mini-catt's work that really inspired me to do it! This happened before joining OI, but since I joined I have enjoyed seeing other similar set-ups here and have found them equally inspiring!
     
  4. Alexis

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    Nice score on the freebie plexy! It's nice seeing the plants clearly even when the doors are closed.
     
  5. EGOISTA

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    Thank you Morabeza, galvanised wire mesh in italian "rete metallica zincata" is not difficoult to find for me ... ;)
    when I moved home I had not time so I made all faster and I hanged the plants like you saw
     
  6. Binky

    Binky Fries anyone?

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    I have one of those Galaxy balasts. It went bad after about 3 years. I don't know if it is just a lemon or not. Something to keep an eye on.
    I got a big heavy iron Sun for a replacement.
     
  7. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    My wife always says that I am completly crazy... I show her your post, just to say that I found more crazy than I am!! :D
     
  8. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Egoista, it's great that you already knew what it was called. Moving an orchid collection is never fun. :(

    Binky, what a bummer! My Galaxy ballasts came with a 5 year warranty, I wonder if yours did too?

    Gilles, that is hilarious :D
     
  9. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I took another shot this evening of the left half of the chamber:
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  10. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Well, it's mid-April and there are different things in bloom now, many for the first time. I love all the bright colour :)

    First picture (clockwise from upper left) Renanthera bella, Microterangis hariotiana, Dendrobium lawesii, Robiquetia mooreana, Chiloschista viridiflava, Dendrobium cuthbertsonii (agathodaemonis), Dendrobium trigonopus, Vanda coerulea, Dendrobium lawesii. Except for the dendrobiums, all of these are grown in this indoor growing area.
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  11. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Bravo!! That trigonopus is looking good!
     
  12. ezil

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    What a setup! I could spend hours just sitting in front of your "sanctuary"
    Do I see tillandsias there as well? Do you actually bloom them under lights?
     
  13. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Thanks Calvin! I am so proud of it. It smells of cupcakes too :D

    Thank you ezil. It was a labour of love and now I am enjoying its fruits. Where are you located (general part of the world)?
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    I live in Edmonton, Alberta. We are still eagerly awaiting spring here. Do you grow your tillandsia permanently in the orchidarium, and if so, do you keep them in the same place year round? I don't grow mine under lights, but put them on the balcony in the summer and they usually bloom quite reliably for me. It is much more work though, misting 2 - 3x daily and making sure they don't get sun- or wind burn.
    Thanks for your reply.
    Lize
     
  15. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Hi Lize. I didn't see your reply until now, sorry for the delay. I had a very large ball of Tillandsia funckiana that I brought with me from my garden in Hawai'i, but it hated my growth chamber and what you see is all that remains. These pieces may die eventually but it's been 14 months now since the move and they still alive so there may be some hope.