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This is a discussion on My Grow Area within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Theresa Dezellem Looks like an amazing use of the available growing space. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa Dezellem View Post
    Looks like an amazing use of the available growing space. Do you have problems with overheating?
    I have a ceiling fan (Westinghouse, patio-type, outdoor weather-proof type) which I run almost 24/7 to keep temperature down and to control extreme humidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    What a fantastic grow-area, Jojo.How do you ever manage to fit all those plants in.. I notice some beautiful vandas there.
    Well I do find an occasional space to squeeze another plant in. Or I rearrange and move plants around or even sometimes repot a plant from plastic container to a tree fern slab mount which frees up a lot of space.

    That's what I call management. Hehehehe.

    I still have another "extension" grow area located up on the third floor at the back in the laundry area where it is very sunny and hot - so I take care in what plants I place there. Of course there is my window sill. Hehehehe! Have you seen the photo of the house? Hahahaha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mujacko2002 View Post
    Mabuhay!

    its really jaw-dropping. I really love everything in it and i can see as well you have a lot of ferns growing. PERFECT! If you don't mind, how do you maintain such balance in your garden? How do you keep the pests away?

    GB
    I do not have many ferns. Just a handful but they have grown. I trim my ferns regularly as they grow fast and I do not want them to compete for nutrients to my orchids which I consider them as my primary plants.

    Fortunately and for some strange reason I do not encounter pests. I cannot use chemical sprays like Malathion or the like as I live in a townhouse and the units are adjacent to each other. I tried once Malathiona s a maintenance spray even though I didn't find any pests around but just to keep them away but gosh the strong, noxious smell of the insecticide brought my neighbors out of their units and they were looking all around trying to figure out where the smell came from. I was embarassed and hid behind the gate! GOSH! I never did a cehmical spray ever again.

    The only pests I notice occasionally are spider mites which I keep under control with O-mite which is in powder form dissolved in water and doesn't smell.

    My most common problems are BIRDS! The local "Maya" birds ... they keep flying into my patio and eat the flowers and buds. Really irritating! I stuill have to find a non-chemical and effective means to drive them away! Gollleeee!

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    Mabuhay!

    @manilabynight
    thank you so much for your response. i am really envious of your collection. I would want to have a garden just like that.

    I trim my ferns regularly as they grow fast
    If you dont mind i have 2 more questions :
    1) How often do you water your orchids? Mine, i almost water them everyday very early in the morning. A seasoned hobbyist told me that you really don't have to water the orchids everyday. Or does it depend on your surrounding. just like here in Cavite where it can get really really hot and dry.

    2) How often do you fertilize? and at what strength?

    Again, thank you so much and Godbless

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    Quote Originally Posted by mujacko2002 View Post
    If you dont mind i have 2 more questions :
    1) How often do you water your orchids? Mine, i almost water them everyday very early in the morning. A seasoned hobbyist told me that you really don't have to water the orchids everyday. Or does it depend on your surrounding. just like here in Cavite where it can get really really hot and dry.

    2) How often do you fertilize? and at what strength?

    Again, thank you so much and Godbless
    It really depends on the season/climate.

    Normally I water daily very early in the morning specially during the hot summer months. Although I somnetimes do not follow this routine faithfully and I've developed some sort of a "sixth sense" with regards to my orchids. I look at the plants and if I notice some unusual yellowing of some leaves or some increase in leaf dropping from my plants then I drastically reduce the frequency of watering. Nowadays I water every other day or even after every 2 days. Specially now with the colder climate in the November-December months (perhaps maybe until January to mid Febrauary), I try to resist the temptation to water often. I am trying an experiment and trying to water only during weekends. Please take note that when I say "watering", I do mean a thorough watering in order to leach out all the accumulated salts of fertilizing and what-nots like accumulated dirt and dust from the atmosphere.

    Of course during the rainy season, I would not water at all but since my plants are in a roofed area, I would mist with my sprayer-pump.

    Hmmmm .... since I mentioned about my sprayer-pump, I think this would be a better alternative than the regular heavy watering daily. I notice that I find the orchids seem to better off and happier with a regular misting as opposed to a heavy watering which you and I would normally do. That is why what I am doing now specially with the colder months is either a weekly watering or every other 2 days depending how bone-dry my growing environment is or on how often I would fertilize just so to leach out the accumulated salts. What I can do regularly is a fine-misiting of the plants specially on the root areas to encourage root growth. I would add a drop or two of Hormex (or any vitamin B - based root inducing hormone preparation) just to encourage root growth. As to fertilizing I would fertilize regularly on a weekly basis and use less (or even half) the prescribed dosage on the bottle. Regular weak fertilizing is better than one massive dose as this will avoid any root or plant burns or overdose. Besides, the plants will only absorb small amounts of nutrients at any given time so massive, heavy-dose fertilizing is just a waste of your fertilizer down the drain! Also before you fertilize, water your plants first and after an hour or so then you can start to fertilize. DO NOT fertilize when plants are bone-dry as this increases the chances of plant burns or fertilizer shock. Also fertilizer on a very bright day not during gloomy days as nutrients will be poorly absorbed. The reverse is also true - DO NOT fertilize during mid noon or afternoons when the sun is shining extremely hot on your plants as this will cause fertilizer burns specially if you are using a strong concentration. That is why during extremely hot days where you plants are exposed to the direct sunlight, it is better to water your plants thororughly first in order to bring temperatures down a bit and not expose your plants to sudden fertilizer shock - then after an hour or so, you can proceed with your weak (half-dose) fertilizing. Try to cycle your fertilizers and alternate from fertilizer for growing, regular-purpose to one for blooming than sticking to just for one purpose alone.

    Always remember that orchids basically will benefit from areas with high light. The more light the better. It is the extreme heat that accompanies the sunlight that is your major problem and which you should avoid.

    Another way is if you have a garden, you could always increase humidity by watering the plants and grass around regularly but not directly the orchids which you can just fine mist instead and then just water thoroughly weekly to leach out the accumulated salts and environmental pollutants.

    This is my observations so far with caring for my plants. You will have to assess your grow area as to what its current environment is and then using some of the ideas I've mentioned here to make your plants grow better.

    Oh, one last thing is that do not forget about free air movement as most orchids do not want a stale environment specially in a very humid location because this encourages bacterial growth and diseases. Humidity is good as long as there is air circulation (although there are some very rare orchid species which thrive on high humidty and stale air conditions like the Polyhrriza Lindenii aka "Ghost Orchid" from the Florida everglades but this isn't a plant for beginners and is quite difficult to grow).

    Cheers and happy growing!

    Jojo

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    jojo
    i remember we missed out on your offer to tour your garden the last time we met, does the offer
    still stands pa ba? this last few weeks we've been driving to manila almost on a weekly basis
    problem is that never on a sunday, thats why we haven't been to the lung center (me bago ba?) for
    quite a while. But Jun, is happy enough to supply us with our orchids hehe. Where'd you'd get your
    amesiella? i was under the same impression that it only blooms in cold weather. Anyways, its cold
    these days (at least in pampanga) so maybe it triggered the plant to bloom.

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    I got my Amesellia(s) from the vendor from Vizcaya/Santa Fe/Quezon who occasionally sells at the sunday flea market (lung center). A lot of orchid collector visit them when they are around.

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    Thanks jojo, hopefully they'll be around when we do get a chance to visit the lung center.

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    Too bad. We all just had a long vacation last weekend - that would have been a good time to drop by visit my humble abode. Well, christmas season is drawing near and hopefully we all will get holidays off from work.

    Hmmm .... fyi, unfortunately my plants aren't part of my gifts for christmas! Hahahaha!

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    Hmmm .... fyi, unfortunately my plants aren't part of my gifts for christmas! Hahahaha!
    what???? but i've been a very good boy......

    anyways, we were at manila last saturday to meet with a group of nepenthes addict.
    We'll probably be in Manila again on the 19th (saturday) for a doctors visit.

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