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Difficult choosing next orchid

This is a discussion on Difficult choosing next orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by cindiras sounds like you may need to make an enclosure for your ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    sounds like you may need to make an enclosure for your 'chids that could hold the humidity the snakes can't tolerate well. Have you given any thought to that?
    Once I get a little money I'll be able to do that- right now I am living off a credit card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powersauce View Post
    It's actually a rosy-tailed boa constrictor, Miss Iowa, and she's actually a friend's snake. I have a 4 foot female ball python, Bitely, and a 3 foot male ball python, Ed. I will eventually acquire more, it's kind of like collecting orchids. I'd like a Bredli's python next.
    Sorry to continue the off-topic conversation, but it's amusing to hear what people name their pet snakes; I imagine Monty is a common name for male Pythons. I was amazed to see the varieties that they can achieve through breeding. (Caramel Albino, Lemon Pastel, and Piebald are some of my favs) I was also surprised to see how docile and curious ball pythons can be. I was thinking of getting one someday, but really didn't want a pet that lives that long.

    As far as other orchid varieties, I've had decent luck with my paphs although they didn't stay in bloom as long as I would have liked (maybe 3 weeks) I do like the colors they come in, they seem to have a very soothing color harmony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Yeah that is a solid load. I enjoyed Organic Chem. I had that, Physics+lab, and Poultry Production the same period as I recall. Genetics happened along with Inorganic Chem Lab, Animal Behavior and Russian.

    Animal Behavior is my second favorite class that I've taken , after Herpetology of course! Zoogeography and Horticulture are tied in at forth place.

    Do they still have the greenhouse next to the Hort. Bldg open to students? Used to stop in there between classes sometimes when up that way.

    Yeah, it's still open to students. I just started volunteering before Christmas break. The guy who runs the greenhouse, John Mugg, is huge into orchids. He runs Study Abroad courses in Central America several times a year. I also host my Herpetology Club meetings in there frequently. There are some gray tree frogs loose in the jungle area, not intentionally (probably got in through the air vents). And they have a whole room full of dart frogs, which is really cool.

    The UV light will not likely be of any great use for the chids. Check the BBS in your area -- sometimes they get some decent stuff in. Also if you have time, check the local os -- most have auctions through which plants can be obtained quite inexpensively.

    I would likely skip most of the nobile-type (or "soft caned") dens in your case. While more are being bred now that do not need a cooling period to initiate flowering, there are still those that do.

    Got room for an extra tank? Do a terrarium.


    My room is pretty small and I will have 3 or 4 tanks for my herps. One of the tanks is a 90 gallon, which takes up a lot of room. I am a fairly spatially-minded, so I can try to figure out some arrangement. I plan on having a dart frog vivarium soon (another tank), which I'll grow some jewel orchids in (my dart frog guru/friend has tons of them).

    A lot of the colors you desire are common among the catts. The lighting you mentioned for the phals -- is that strictly window light or window + supplemental? If supplemental, what wattage/lumens is/are the bulb(s)?
    During the day, it's only window light. But when I'm doing homework (or avoiding doing homework and slacking off of course) at my desk, I have a lamp with two 60 watt incandescent bulbs on facing down 10 feet away from my orchid rack.

    Also, there is a specialty orchid greenhouse that is run by a really nice older couple in Grand Ledge, 20 miles from MSU. It's a really awesome place to visit. I bought an Oncidium there last year.

    The Greater Lansing Orchid Society is having it's orchid show at the Conservatory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI on Feb. 28 - March 1, 2009. I plan on going to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powersauce View Post
    Animal Behavior is my second favorite class that I've taken ,
    Was Dr. Fred Dyer still teaching the course? I worked for him one summer doing honeybee research. it was pretty cool.

    after Herpetology of course!
    Never got around to taking a herp course there .... & can't think why not!

    Favorite classes? Probably Invert. Zoology and Russian (Though the latter I had to quit after the first year. While I think foreign languages are great, being a science major I just didn't have the time to dedicate to it.)

    The guy who runs the greenhouse, John Mugg, is huge into orchids. He runs Study Abroad courses in Central America several times a year.

    That would be sweet!

    My room is pretty small and I will have 3 or 4 tanks for my herps. One of the tanks is a 90 gallon, which takes up a lot of room.
    LOL Yeah I know!

    I plan on having a dart frog vivarium soon (another tank),
    Some day I'd like to give them a try ... expensive lil devils though.

    which I'll grow some jewel orchids in (my dart frog guru/friend has tons of them -- his name wouldn't happen to be Rob would it?).

    During the day, it's only window light. But when I'm doing homework (or avoiding doing homework and slacking off of course) at my desk, I have a lamp with two 60 watt incandescent bulbs on facing down 10 feet away from my orchid rack.
    Yeah that wouldn't be much good -- too far away to prove adequate light intensity and too hot to put close to the plants. I use 40W 4ft shop lights on my plant stand.

    Also, there is a specialty orchid greenhouse that is run by a really nice older couple in Grand Ledge, 20 miles from MSU. It's a really awesome place to visit. I bought an Oncidium there last year.
    I have gotten a couple plants from them. I find them to be a bit pricey though for what you usually get. Their set up is very sweet, however, I agree.

    The Greater Lansing Orchid Society is having it's orchid show at the Conservatory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI on Feb. 28 - March 1, 2009. I plan on going to that.
    LOL That I do know! I also plan on hitting that one. In January, there is a show at Meijer Gardens in GR. If you can, hit that one. In the past its been a very good show and if you got a lot of time there you can also buy a ticket to walk through their "greenhouse" -- sucker is HUGE! *sigh* I may have miss that show this year. Be the first time in a lot of years that I'll have missed it if that happens.


    Btw, if you go to the GLOS meetings, look for a woman named Dea. Tell her Paul --formerly of the Kalamazoo Dunes OS -- says 'Hi'!

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