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A cart with light fixtures?

This is a discussion on A cart with light fixtures? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thanks for the info John. I don't want to hijack Traci's thread! Is there any ...

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    Thanks for the info John. I don't want to hijack Traci's thread! Is there any advantage to the cases (humidity) over a plant cart? Is it really tough to rig up your own cart? Like I mentioned, I have an old TV stand with 3 sections and I was thinking that it would not be that hard to attach lights to the bottom 2 sections?? This would be a cheap solution until I wear down DH over a number of months and upgrade??? :check:

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    Default I went to HD and looked into...

    chicken fence and I think I can make a growing area for VERY cheap. I think the cart I have my orchids on now cost more than how much I will spend on building supplies. The lights will be the heafty chunk of change. I already bought a wall mount fan. I *had* to get at leas one thing to get psyched.

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    No I don't think it's tough at all theoretically. The fixtures are prewired - all you have to do is figure out how to mount them over plants, allowing for ventilation (they shouldn't be mounted absolutely flush against the bottom of a shelf), and plug em in. It could be fun to do it yourself, and cheaper, I'm sure.

    You may be able to find everything you need at boxstore. If you'd like to look at Indoor Garden Supply and what they have, here's the link:

    http://www.indoorgardensupplies.com/

    Have fun.

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    hi traci! heres a page that gives you instructions+materials list for making your own light cart. scroll down - its there.

    build-your-own light cart

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    Nancy & Traci wanted to see pics... here they are. The whole area is a little bigger than 7" x 7" and it's maybe 8" high. This is the view from my patio. My husband built the frame from stuff we had around the house; I added the shade cloth and the big shelf is a new addition. I've got about 45 plants in there, and it will be fairly easy to add lights to the shelves when I have to bring them inside for the winter. We've got an HID, or I can get some flourescents, as have been suggested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kewpie
    hi traci! heres a page that gives you instructions+materials list for making your own light cart. scroll down - its there.

    build-your-own light cart
    That is cool, and they showed a great fish tank set up! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz
    Nancy & Traci wanted to see pics... here they are. The whole area is a little bigger than 7" x 7" and it's maybe 8" high. This is the view from my patio. My husband built the frame from stuff we had around the house; I added the shade cloth and the big shelf is a new addition. I've got about 45 plants in there, and it will be fairly easy to add lights to the shelves when I have to bring them inside for the winter. We've got an HID, or I can get some flourescents, as have been suggested.
    That is great!Looks like you have a bunch of very happy plants. Did you decorate your clay pots? It is hard to tell. I finally got brave enough to put a few of my orchids outside. It has been a bit cooler here so I figured it *might* induce flowering. Maybe.

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    Traci, which ones did you put outside? And how did you set it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz
    Nancy & Traci wanted to see pics... here they are.
    Thanks for posting the pics Liz! I think your setup looks great!

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    My little shade porch was built at the beginning of June, so it's still in progress. Maybe one day we'll turn the whole patio and shade porch area into a sunroom. (That would fit alot of plants!) In the meantime, I'd like to add some pavers or gravel to the ground because it gets kind of muddy when I water. What I was hoping to show from the pics is that something can be put together easily and cheaply, as long as you have a little bit of space outside.

    And, yes Traci, I did the pot rims with mosaic tile. Gosh, it makes me look like a Martha, and I'm really not!!! Originally, I wanted to make a mosaic table, but it turned out to be a bigger project than I wanted to start with. So, I started doing the pots. Unglazed terra cotta has always been my favorite pot choice (all my other potted plants, cacti & succulents are in terra cotta pots) and with my climate and watering habits, it works really well for my orchids. And I can bring a flowering plant into the living room and it's got a nice looking pot. It's a good thing. (I had to say it.)

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