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The school greenhouse

This is a discussion on The school greenhouse within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Nice job--I would help you if I was in the area but I'm on the ...

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    Nice job--I would help you if I was in the area but I'm on the opposite coast. I'm jealous though.

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    I think it's great to even have the opportunity to play around in the greenhouse. I'm sure if you fix some things they give you some more rope to work with. Good luck and have fun.

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    Here are my thoughts, and I do have them. Probable like ___ or other stores with greenhouses. Water everyday, and hope that the plants are sold quickly. In your case, they are there to stay. Look at the pattern of the watering system, and adjust the plants accordingly. Also, check how often the monsun occurs. May want to cut it back by a 1/3rd for a few days to allow the plants to dry out some. Cut off all the yellow leaves. They are just slowly robbing energy from the plant, and will never come back up to snuff. If everything is as wet as you are saying, I am surprise you do not have a serious mold problem. At this time of the year, open as much as you can to the outside, and get some ventilation going in there to help relieve some of the moisture. My mom has a couple or orchids, and my dad is a Certified Master Gardener. I usually pass things by him first.
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    Here is what I would do:

    1 - a. clean up dead and dying leaves, this would allow you to see the rate at which any others would show up
    b. be sure to take pictures of each plant before and after clean up
    c. permanently tag each plant with name and/or number that can go into computer records--tags can be made from cut pieces of soda/beer cans and numbers impressed into the metal

    2 - as you are cleaning up the leaves note condition of media and presence of any pests

    3 - change media where it is needed

    4 - I wouldn't make big changes in watering schedule because everything has been living with the current one and there is such a wide variety of plants and of so water needs


    I have a question about the vanda that is hanging upside down from its basket--why?--it doesn't look too unhappy, but I think its going to grow funny.
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    Thank you all for your input. It seems that there is a list but that the plants aren't well labled. There are also a large number of repeats. Really I think for this type of a space, there should be something in flower all the time pretty much. I would also like to see a wide variety of interesting flowers, each with a story that brings up coevolution etc. Things flowering from the least expected postition or with highly differentiated floral parts. So, while I respect these old plants, I think fitting the cultural scheme to a new diversity may be a far better educational value. I guess I really should gather some more information on how they are watered and what the variability in light is available. I think the circulation is pretty good.

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    Hey BD or someone,

    If there is any way to remove my school name from post #7 I would appreciate it, I didn't want to leave it up there for ever. I.e. I wouldn't want my greenhouse manager searching for "... State Greenhouse" to hit this thread sometime in the future.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Hey BD or someone,

    If there is any way to remove my school name from post #7 I would appreciate it, I didn't want to leave it up there for ever. I.e. I wouldn't want my greenhouse manager searching for "... State Greenhouse" to hit this thread sometime in the future.

    Cheers!
    Sure. I will do it for you now.

    Cheers,
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    So we got a new manager (they retired) and I am really impressed by the interview. Much more diversity/botanically oriented and not as much on the production side. Seems to have a soft spot for orchids and natural displays too!

    We also just submitted a NSF-ARI for renovations (I am just a co-PI, colleagues wrote most of it). So, knock on wood for the $400,000 and change to come through.

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