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Growing in Windows

This is a discussion on Growing in Windows within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Cjcorner Wow, nice set up! I love your iron stair step shelf ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Wow, nice set up! I love your iron stair step shelf on the desk...cuz i've got two just like it in my front living room. I'd fill my front window too, but the husband thinks he's supposed to be able to actually SEE out the windows for some reason! lol
    @Connie--Seeing out of windows is VERY overrated!

    But seriously, the ambiance of filtered light, and not being able to see the street, is wonderful. And I really like iron plant shelves, I've gotten two of them from antique stores. The large one to the right of the desk is just a great piece as well.

    @Green Lover--Ummm, lets see if I can give you an overview from memory here: I love Oncidium alliance plants and have the greatest number of those (specifically Brassias, and have several hybrids of Odontobrassias, Miltassias and Brassidiums, as well as Miltonia types) a good number of Phalaenopsis/Doritis/Doritaenopsis, quite a few Dendrobiums, a Cattleya hybrid or two, one HUGE Cymbidium, a Maxillaria, some Spathogolittis, a few Paphs and my lone Encyclia x Epi floribundum cross. I want more Epi/Encyclia's actually, since you can find small and temp tolerant of these species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margo View Post
    Looks great, Derek!!! And most of them blooming!!!
    Yep Margo, thank you, and most of them are blooming/finishing blooming. I was getting depressed with what looked to be a bloom-less winter. However, over the past couple of days I've noticed most all of my Phals have started spiking now. Wonderful.

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    Hi derek, occured to me to ask you about pots movement.

    Talking with a great grower of walkerianas he recommended strongly never to move the plants of their adapted position, or at least, always to bring them back to the same place. He marks the position with the labels as reference.

    Do you realize some alteration in yours?

    I have always been trying to maintain mine at the same place. I have the same problem of change of the sun in each season, sometimes it is not easy.

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    Rosalia, I always try to put my plants back facing the same way they were facing befor I moved them to water. I read that some orchids can be sesitive to the direction the light they recieve is coming from.

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    That's right Cindi. It's what I heard from that very respectable grower. He says it's the most important in the growing....

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    @Rosalia--I'm not any kind of an expert or a great grower. But, I haven't had a problem and my plants seem to be fairly happy with me. When I lived along the equator in the islands, the light position never changed. For those couple of years it always felt like the sun was overhead, as we were never affected by the Earth tilting along its axis.

    So, I just attempt to replicate the "head-on" sunlight that I experienced and remember by facing the plants towards the light. That means moving them with the seasons in the east and west facing windows, as the angle the light comes in the windows changes---for the ones at the extreme edges of the windows, the change between winter and summer can keep them from getting sunlight at all. They don't get moved in the north and south windows as the angle the light comes in makes little difference in those 4 windows.

    Other than that, I try and put them back in the same or nearly the same place when I water. I also move them based on how they are responding to the amount of light in the given season I am in. Could they grow better? I don't know, they all seem pretty vigorous and everything I've had for a season has rebloomed for me.

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    @ Derek

    I see, your orchids look great and very happy, I can see it in the photos. Therefore I asked and was curious.

    I also try to study the best position of light in each station, and also I try not to move them so much when watering.

    but I have not so much time of experience to affirm any thing still. Thanks by the attention and congratulations for your growing area

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    Okay...so I'm keeping this thread going forever I guess.....but I said I'd try and find an old pic so we could see what it looked like when I just had a few houseplants, prior to the addiction taking hold completely....

    Here's the Before and After. What's fascinating is that in the first pic that I'm fairly sure that is most every plant I had in my house a year and a half ago- about 15+ plants? . The desk now only has about half of my plants.....
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