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    My husband, who used to work in psychiatric hospitals, says there's a reason I find it so relaxing...
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    I would think about trading him for a small orchid

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    Do you like my pots?
    Very much. I love anything unique. Another poster (orchidfan?) paints her pots, which also looks great.

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    Hi Liz!

    Our Vandas here like lots of sun, but we do have them under a shade cloth, so no direct sun. We hang them way up high so they get the most light in the greenhouse. It is great except sometimes I miss all the pretty blooms because they send their spikes up higher into the space. But most of the times I get to see them.

    I noticed your pots too! That is a great idea! That is very creative.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by uncasteeb
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    I would think about trading him for a small orchid
    I can't trade him in. I need him to make the shade porch bigger and hang the HID lights in the garage.

    And, thank you PAGrower for the compliment on the pots. It really is easy and relaxing. My 3 year old likes to help me too. Originally, I got the marbles and grout at Michaels, but now I'm getting econo-size quantities on ebay.

    I actually picked up a new 4-shelf rack yesterday and moved everything around under the shade cloth. Boy, do I have a lot of room all of a sudden. My poor kids need school clothes, and I'm thinking about new orchids. What kind of mother am I?

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    Hi Liz! I love love love your growing area! How fantastic! And what beautiful and healthy plants you have!!

    On the second picture to the right, do you know the name of the light yellow phal with the tall spike? I have one very similar but was purchased without a tag. I was just wondering what yours was. Thanks!

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    Thank you, Nancy! I will tell my husband you like it. I'm telling you, I'd been whining about needing something for my orchids and one day a few months ago, he put it together with things we had around here (except the cement and some hardware fittings.) It's been fun watching my plants take off, and trying new ones, like vandas, that I had no place to grow before.

    That yellow phal is so cool! But, I don't know what it is, either! It was a Trader Joe's find back in May; it's been in full bloom since then, and the silly thing is now trying to make a new bud. I think it's almost too tall, and the leaves are small and round, in comparison. There are big juicy nodes on the spike, too, so I might have to call it the noid energizer bunny. Here's a closer picture of it, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz
    I've been meaning to take some pics. My hubby threw this together for me; it's actually more of a porch. He attached poles from the edge of our nasty patio cover to two beams he sunk in concrete in big pots (so it's not too hard to take down if necessary). I haven't gotten around to painting the beams or planting the pots (he left about 5 inches from the top of the pots and drilled drain holes so could I add soil and plant annuals or something. The patio/porch faces south-west, so we only put shade cloth on the top and back; the sides are open. I've begun adding ascocendas and vandas along the poles; there's about 35 plants now and room for more. And, for the few cold months we have here, it'll be easy to move the shelves into the garage under an HID.
    WOW!! I'm so green with envy (har har)! I want your setup. So, I guess Vandas are ok in direct sun? Liz, it looks AWESOME!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    I always tell people two to three weeks away from their normal growing spot, and that's a very safe, general rule. When the plant's in flower, put it somewhere where you can enjoy it. Lower light may even help the blooms last longer. Just don't keep it there for very long so the plant doesn't start going downhill.
    I have an encyclia co.??? you know, the octopus orchid. Mine is in flower all the time. I found a spot in my house where the plants wet sunlight, the the buds stay safe. I have a feeling this plant is going to be in bloom for a year at the rate it is going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidTraci
    I have an encyclia co.??? you know, the octopus orchid. Mine is in flower all the time. I found a spot in my house where the plants wet sunlight, the the buds stay safe. I have a feeling this plant is going to be in bloom for a year at the rate it is going!
    My Enc. cochleata has just started to spike - I guess it has been in sheath for quite a while. I'm pretty excited about it, but I guess I'll still be waiting a while before it blooms....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    My Enc. cochleata has just started to spike - I guess it has been in sheath for quite a while. I'm pretty excited about it, but I guess I'll still be waiting a while before it blooms....
    Yay Heather!! It will be worth the wait, it blooms forever! Is yours the fragrent one, or do you not know yet? I got jipped, my doesn't smell.

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