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My Little slice of Orchid Heaven

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Christie, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. Christie

    Christie New Member

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    Hi All, I thought I would share my newest Orchid set up. I don't have much growing space so I needed something that would function well and look good as it is set up in my guest bedroom. I currently hand mist but have plans for a larger tank on the top as I have already out grown the two lower tanks . I have egg crate sitting on top off 3 inch tall containers that hold water and the humidity stays up around 60-70% in summer. This will be my first winter with the new set up, so I will have to monitor it a bit more to see how the temps/humidity runs.

    I am looking forward to trolling other set ups for ideas as I do plan to install a mist king system in the upcoming months.

    Here is a my current Orchid list (although I do have 5 other terrariums in my living room, so they are not all in these two tanks.

    Current Orchid Listing as of 10.22.14

    Leptotes harryphillipsi
    Bulb. Sheryl Kurizaki
    Cirrhopetalum (Bulbophyllum) species red (Vietnam)
    Pleurothallis minuthallis
    Phalaenopsis Philishii
    Platystele


    Family Orchidaceae
    Ascocentrum / pumilum (10.22.14)
    Ascocentrum / ampullaceum var. aurantiacum (10.22.14)

    Genus Brassavola
    Brassavola gardneri

    Genus Bulbophyllum
    Bulbophyllum alagense
    Bulbophyllum campanulatum
    Bulbophyllum catenulatum
    Bulbophyllum frostii
    Bulbophyllum intersitum
    Bulbophyllum mirum
    Bulbophyllum odontopelatum
    Bulbophyllum purpurascens
    Bulbophyllum sikkimense
    Bulbophyllum thaiorum

    Capanemia / micromera (10.22.14)

    Genus Cattleya
    Cattleya violacea

    Genus Dendrobium
    Dendrobium bracteosum
    Dendrobium carronii
    Dendrobium dichaeoides
    Dendrobium jenkinsii
    Dendrobium lamyaiae

    Dendrobium / lichenastrum (10.22.14)
    Dendrobium / gregulus (10.22.14)


    Genus Dendrochilum
    Dendrochilum smithianum

    Genus Domingoa
    Domingoa kienastii

    Genus Dracula
    Dracula benedictii

    Genus Dryadella
    Dryadella zebrina

    Genus Encyclia
    Encyclia polybulbon
    Encyclia pseudopygmaea

    Genus Epidendrum
    Epidendrum longirepens

    Genus Haraella
    Haraella odorata

    Genus Hexisea
    Hexisea imbricata

    Genus Lepanthopsis
    Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky'

    Genus Lepanthes
    Lepanthes telipogoniflora **

    Genus Leptotes
    Leptotes bohnkiana

    Genus Masdevallia
    Masdevallia auropurpurea
    Masdevallia bucculenta
    Masdevallia herradurae
    Masdevallia schroederiana

    Genus Maxillaria
    Maxillaria tenuifolia

    Genus Meiracyllium
    Meiracyllium wendlandii

    Genus Pleurothallis
    Phalaenopsis / finleyi (minus) (10.22.14)

    Pleurothallis breviscapa
    Pleurothallis brighamii
    Pleurothallis corniculata
    Pleurothallis mathildae
    Pleurothallis minuta
    Pleurothallis ornata
    Pleurothallis prolifera
    Pleurothallis recurva
    Pleurothallis rodrigoi
    Pleurothallis sigmoidea

    Genus Porroglossum
    Porroglossum hirtzii
    Porroglossum teaguei

    Genus Restrepia
    Restrepia angustilabia
    Restrepia brachypus
    Restrepia cuprea
    Restrepia dodsonii
    Restrepia lansbergii
    Restrepia muscifera
    Restrepia trichoglossa
    Restrepia xanthophthalma

    Genus Scaphosepalum
    Scaphosepalum anchoriferum
    Scaphosepalum cimex
    Scaphosepalum ovulare

    Genus Schoenorchis
    Schoenorchis fragrans

    Genus Stelis
    Stelis argentata

    Genus Trichosalpinx
    Trichosalpinx chamaelepanthes

    Genus Zootrophion
    Zootrophion serpentinum

    Zygostates / alleniana (10.22.14)

    Thanks for looking!
     

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  2. Ryan craig

    Ryan craig Active Member

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    Oh how I wish I could get soo many of those species, here in perth Australia, finding stuff like that is a pain haha, looks good :). Bulbophyllum frostii is on my wish list as well, the only place i can get it from is selling it for like 80 bucks though so im quite reluctant :/
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Christie, that is an impressive list of plants you have and great growing spaces. Congratulations
     
  4. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you. They look a lot better than most of those home-made cases(AKA high school science project, did someone else said that?:D) I have seen post here.
     
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  5. sam1147

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    I assume no one but you.:rolleyes:
    Wellcome Christie !!!
     
  6. Alexey

    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Christie, you make me nostalgic about that time when all my collection was under lights!

    Tom, perhaps I still have something from someone, who is new to our hobby, but it is so enjoyable/helpful/inspiring to look at everyone's growing setup! Especially indoor growing areas. On another note: indoor growing area - what is that? Does it growing area or display? If it is growing area, personally I would go with non-glassed doors with white pinted interior surfaces to keep as much light inside of the box as possible. If it is display, naturalistic approach with landscaping-like arrangement is more appealing. Does it possible to create something in between without too much of compromising?
     
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  7. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    then you have not read enough here or don't know how to read!

    I am not the one who said that, but there is a lot of truth in that. A simple fish tank is more like an orchid graveyard in most of the cases, isn't it? Take a joke!:rolleyes:
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Take a joke! and don't read between the lines. I was praising how nice her growing area was.
    I know it was written in English, but that is her growing area.
     
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  9. Christie

    Christie New Member

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    @ ryan - wow that is a pretty penny for a frostii ! Is it just certain Orchids that are hard to get there or is that more of an average price? At $80, I'd be hesitant as well!

    @KellyW, Thank you!

    @ Tom-DE, Alexey, Sam, You've all lost me a bit in your banter :confused: (or my inability to read today:D). That said, these are more for growing and new orchids as my other tanks are more for show. I do agree that the sides need to be painted/covered and it's on my list of things to do soon. I thought through the stand build, put the terrariums in place and realized the same thing after taking the pictures! I've only been caring for orchids for the last three years and still have loads to learn. But have learned that the dry air and heat of Texas make for good terrarium growing! Although it would be lovely to use natural light and have a green house, someday!
     
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    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Christie, your results are great for three years! Do not take all words of this thread as related particularly to your setup. Some statements and questions are more of an "invitation for discussion". BTW: enjoy your current experience. I have plants which were much better under lights than now in greenhouse.
     
  11. Christie

    Christie New Member

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    And a good topic for discussion! Thanks Alexey, my 1st six orchids were mid sized and perfect for my windowsill, but then the addiction really started. I do love growing in terrariums very much but the size is sooo limiting! I long to have more room for larger species.

    That said, it's been quite a learning experience but I have found that my collection is large enough that I need to spend more time and thought on separating it out between tanks as I do have some orchids that would appreciate cooler nights. Although the biggest thing I have learned in the past three years is water less. I've managed to flat out kill only 3 orchids so far and with several of the obviously happy Orchids was able to do divisions this year. Super exciting for a novice Orchid grower like me!
     
  12. sam1147

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    Tom, Christie and all :sorry for the above.
    Sam
     
  13. Christie

    Christie New Member

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    Sam, no need to apologize! I was not sure the context of that discussion but thought they were good observations and wanted to comment on them. Being a novice, I don't always know what might be best and appreciate any feed back!
     
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    Nice and clear setup Christie.
    Thank you very much for the enumeration of all orchids.
    I want this so badly. (Future :))
    Peter
     
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    I wish I could list all the orchids I have ( I got too much[emoji2])
     
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    Hi Christie,
    Can you tell me about that fan in the second picture? It looks like it has a nice attachment system. Does it draw in air from the top?
    Regards, John
     
  17. Christie

    Christie New Member

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    @ Peter, Thank you so much!
    @ Dillon - a problem I sure wish I had!!

    @ John, Hi John, The fan is an 80mm computer fan. I used 5/8" plumbing elbows with threads on one end (2) and then a coupling to hold it onto the glass (drilled a hole on the glass to pass through the elbow thread) if that all makes sense?. I then cut a notch in the last elbow thread and used JB weld to glue the fan to the elbow and run the wires through the elbows. This allows me to angle the fan in any direction. There are no other holes in the glass top of the terrarium and I do have it pointed up towards the glass. The terrarium glass on the top where it meets the plastic has a small 1/8" gap that allows good air exchange but the 80mm fan creates quite a breeze! I am thinking of moving to a 50mm fan as the 80mm keeps the tank quite dry (never above 65% Humidity. the 5/8" elbows area bit bulky but holds the fan steady in an direction (with the help of a few wraps of plumbing tape to add extra grip). In this room (bedroom) I added weather stripping to the door to the hallway and on cool nights I crack 2 windows that allow the room to go down to the 55 or so.

    Here are pictures of a 1 elbow fan set up with a 50mm fan, this allow the fan to move from side to side and up and down. The one elbow keeps it close to the top of the tank. Probably more info then you need :)
     

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