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my windowsill

This is a discussion on my windowsill within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, I'm not that lucky to have a greenhouse... when I see all your ...

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    Hi all,
    I'm not that lucky to have a greenhouse... when I see all your pictures I am drooling! But maybe, sometime when I have a little more time (I am mostly changing diapers right now with my 2 small kids) and when I have saved enough money, I will have one!

    Until then, my orchids are being pampered in my house (or just outside in summer) I changed the growing medium of most of them and I am trhilled to see that they are doing great!
    About 75% of my orchids are Phal species (mariae, lueddemania, amboinensis, lindenii, violacea, bastianii,....) and hybrids. The other 25% are Cattleya hybrids and miniature orchids. At this moment I have a Sophronitis cernua with 3 spikes and 2 of them are developing flower buds and a Nageliella purpurea with a flower bud.

    Well, that's is! It cannot be compared to what most of you all have, but I enjoy my orchids and take care of them every day.

    Bye!
    Stefanie
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    Oh, stefanie! They all look so happy!

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    Great growing, Stefanie! All of your orchids look really healthy and happy! I can see you really take good care of your orchids. Thanks for sharing your grow area with us!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Waht beautiful healthy plants... the leaves on those phals are so beautifully shiny! You are doing very well and who needs a greenhouse.. unless you want more plants

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    Yay for hydroton growers!!

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    Oh that is a wonderful grow area! And being a phal addict--and especially a phal species addict--I love your collection. You have very cleverly and beautifully used your growing space. And those plants look mighty happy.

    So how old are your children? Mine are 2 1/2 and 10 months old. (Yeah, lots of diapers at my house too. )

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    nice large collection!
    I soon will get my bag of hydroton too!

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    That is one big Windowsill !! lol Very nice set up. I still have not tried S/H yet. How often do you have to mist your mounts inside? Your plants do look very healthy,great growing,rich

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    Hi Rich,
    Since I have changed from normal medium into S/H, I have less work with my orchids against better results.
    I fill up the pots once every week or even 2 weeks. It doesn't hurt them to dry out a little. The roots are not in the water but just above, where I have made holes in the pots. and they are showing very healthy new roots.
    I can never have that much moisture in my house (I don't live in a humid climat) and in that way it is easy to maintain this.
    Although it's already autumn, I open the window a little when the temperatures are soft, so now an dthe, they get a little air ventilation.
    I hope I can post some pictures of buds and flowers soon.

    Stefanie

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    Wow!! muis01, you have a lovely collection at a beautiful and special place! Congratulations! The whole place must look gorgeous!!
    I just wish I could do something like that with my tiny 1-room apartment... (I'll come up with something, you will see... I just have 2 phals, not that I need more space right now)

    Greetings from Argentina!!!

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