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My Orchidarium

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Alexis, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    I acquired a used Bimini Orchidarium 5 years ago. 99% of the plants I've been growing are Pleurothallids that thrive in intermediate conditions. I had been getting bored with my set up, and considered trading off all of my plants and starting over. All they do is grow and bloom, how boring! :D

    But then I decided it wasn't the plants that bored me, but rather how I had them presented. They were individually mounted and hung all over the sides of the case. I decided I wanted a more natural looking display; so I removed each plant from its mount, and mounted them together as you'll see in the pictures. I made a large "tree" out of some great treefern pieces I had. The other "tree" is a piece of hardwood I'd been saving.

    I covered the back wall (which is badly damaged and quite ugly) with sheets of coconut fiber. The floor is finished with river rocks.

    So here are pictures of the latest "remodel." I'm very happy with how it turned out, especially since it was a spur of the moment project, and cost me nothing more than a bag of rocks.
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  2. harrywitmore

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    That's beautiful Alexis. Wonderful!
     
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    display

    That's a VERY cool display, especially for "boring" plants.
     
  4. Pook

    Pook Disneyed

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    It looks great!
     
  5. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Beautiful!
     
  6. Alexis

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    Thanks, friends!
     
  7. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Hot damn! That's a sweet tank!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great job, Alexis. Are you thinking of planting some things on the back wall?
     
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    Can you come over to do one for me too?:poke: Very cool, Alexis.
     
  10. Armando

    Armando Hobbyist gone wild

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    Thats awesome!
     
  11. Alexis

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    Haha, Tom! You don't need me, your grow area is amazing.

    Marni, that's a possibility. It would certainly increase my grow space. I just don't know how I'd attach the plants. The fiber is held in place by spray cement, but I don't how much weight it could support. Maybe if I drilled through the wall and attached branches that way, it would work.
     
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    What is the backing of the wall? I've been known to use a staple gun to mount some plants when I am in a hurry. If you can hang a wire from the top, down through the coco fiber so that it is hidden, you could hang a plant on a mount. Or you could fix a bare root plant into so I could root into the coco fiber and the wire would hold the weight. There are some really neat pendant plants that could be fixed near the top to cascade down. It is lovely as it it, but I can't pass up a space that could be holding an orchid.
     
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    Thanks for the idea, Marni! Redland is coming up, after all. I've been steering clear of more intermediate plants, because I was out of space. Not anymore!
     
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    I suspect the coco fiber won't last long in there. Maybe a year. I used it in a similar way in the greenhouse and it lasted 2 years but it was really rotten by that time. I think the fiber itself will hold the weight of a mount if it's secured well at the top. That is if it's not a really heavy plant. Very inspiring Alexis!
     
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    I suspect you're right, Harry. But in 2 years, I'll be bored and will need to redo it again anyway!
     
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    I hear that. It looks great. Now I need to redo my tall terrarium and it's only a year old.
     
  17. Marni

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    In 2003 I bought some things from Popov that came mounted on rectangles of the 1" thick cork board (reminded me of Berkeley in the '60's). It comes in sheets a couple of feet square. It is very dark and would make a fabulous backdrop to contrast the foliage. I still have some of the plants mounted on it, so I can attest that it holds up really well. Things grew on it and rooted, but not as well as some other media. It might be worth a try when the cocofiber goes.
     
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    Very nice job Alexis!! :)

    Everything looks very healthy in there too. Looking at all your spray nozzles though I just hope I ordered enough for my big build... I only have 6... !
     
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    Looks great, Alexis.
     
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    Karma, I've added more on two separate occasions. I kept finding dry spots. There is a bit of redundancy now, but I'd rather run the water for a few minutes and have things saturated, as opposed to having it run for a longer time.

    With most systems I've seen, you can add more as needed, as long as your pump can push the water. So if you find you need more, you can add them later.