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This is a discussion on New Member announces within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by Jussi_K But back too the problem... Before I get them flower, how ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jussi_K View Post
    But back too the problem... Before I get them flower, how can I roots for them. Basic questions: Is it possible to overwater plants mounted to fern root (no moss)? So is it bad if it is continiously wet? how much I should fertilize? With what kind of fertilizer? How many foot candles / lumens is good for catt? den? Phal? I mean precisely. What would be ideal temperature for dens and catts in winter: day? night? Ideal humidity?
    I am fairly new to orchics (second time around though). One thing I know for certain is that nearly all orchids like to dry out completely, or at least nearly so, before getting water again. My basic feeling is that you are overwatering if the system never drys out.

    As far as light goes I believe catts and dend. like it pretty bright, 2-4000 ft candles, phals 500 to 1500 and paphs 500 -1000 depending on if they are low or "high" light varieties.
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    Watering: But what about when it's mounted? Air circulation and oxygen should not be problems.... roots dry maybe in 2 hours, but fernroot stays moist, which gives a better microclimate for plants, I think. Also root go over stuff, not inside it... So 60% of roots surface gets air 90 % of the time even if I water 2 times a day...

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    Welcome Jussi! Your vivarium is gorgeous! But I think it's aggressive to grow such widely different plants in one environment. The cultural needs of the plants you have are very different. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it may be difficult to make them all happy.

    Steven, there are many genera that prefer to be evenly moist and would rather not dry out. And some, such as Phrags, that do best sitting in water. Clean water, that is.

    That's why it may be tough to create all the micro environments you'll need within a single vivarium.

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    That's what technic is for I have specialiced waterflow for each plant. Every one gets different amount if needed. This is provided with dripping system. Nevertheless watering goes quite naturally in viv. Bigger plants (in my viv catts) are on the edges, where watering isn't as heavy as in the middle where are phals, oncidium and aerangis. Dens are on the top, so they dry in the heat a lot faster. Also surface has this dripping system.
    Air circulation is designed so, that bottom is warmer, probably 1-3 degrees than the top where dens and catts are. Also right corner is little colder than left one.

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    It's an impressive setup! Good luck with it!

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    Hello, I made a website where's plenty of more pics about techs
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    Wow, that really is an aggressive project. Seems pretty well thought out and the plants all look healthy.

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    Wow! That vivarium looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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    Wow! What a fab vivarium! Your English is great, My only Nowegian is Glade Yule! Judi.

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