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Redneck Everglades

This is a discussion on Redneck Everglades within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, I've been reading about culture for Polyrrhiza lindenii ("the Ghost Orchid") and from what ...

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    Default Redneck Everglades

    So, I've been reading about culture for Polyrrhiza lindenii ("the Ghost Orchid") and from what I could find, they really don't like a lot of air movement. So, here's an Arkansas Redneck attempt to recreate the everglades of Florida. I cut the bottom off of an orange juice bottle and rigged some wire across the neck of the bottle so I could hang the plant inside. (I thought it fitting that a Florida orange juice bottle provide the home for a Florida species.) I'll set the whole redneck recreation of the everglades on a saucer in the greenhouse so that there is almost no air movement, but then I'll pick up the bottle when I water so I don't create a pond in the bottom.

    Hopefully it will work because everything else in the greenhouse is going to need air movement to survive the heat and humidity.
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    Don't let the mounting stick touch water at the bottom... it will wick it up and rot that baby in a heart beat!

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    Looks good to me. Keep us posted on your progress.

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    I would be interested in the progress as well.

    One concern I have is that high humidity + no air circulation could encourage mold growth. The bark surface of trees have a natural mold repellent that they eventually lose when they die (ie: driftwood mounts).
    Just keep an eye out for mold and lets hope to see some blooms

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahyeah View Post
    Don't let the mounting stick touch water at the bottom... it will wick it up and rot that baby in a heart beat!
    Yeah, I had thought of that too--so I made sure the stick doesn't reach the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    I would be interested in the progress as well.

    One concern I have is that high humidity + no air circulation could encourage mold growth. The bark surface of trees have a natural mold repellent that they eventually lose when they die (ie: driftwood mounts).
    Just keep an eye out for mold and lets hope to see some blooms
    (Clearly I don't know how to quote two different replies in one . . . gotta figure that out one of these days.)

    I'm a little worried about that too. I could remove the saucer and allow the little juice jug to just sit on the open rack below--so there would be some circulation on top and bottom. What do you think? Does anyone else grow these?

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    I don't grow these, but if your experiment is a success, maybe one day I'll be brave enough to try. Keep us posted.

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    I moved ours up under a bench next to the kool-cell water tank. I can grow roots, but no blooms yet. Maybe less air movement will help it. Good luck and do keep us posted!

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    I moved ours up under a bench next to the kool-cell water tank. I can grow roots, but no blooms yet. Maybe less air movement will help it. Good luck and do keep us posted!

    Cheers,
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    The bark surface of trees have a natural mold repellent that they eventually lose
    TY... I just made that mistake with a dend. ant. seedling and it died, now I know why....

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