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My grow area...aka the orchid bar

This is a discussion on My grow area...aka the orchid bar within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My back porch would normally be called a tiki bar. But, since i'm not normal ...

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    My back porch would normally be called a tiki bar. But, since i'm not normal it's now referred to as the orchid bar. A member asked me to show my set-up...so here it is. The paving stones and pool seem to reflect a ton of sunlight. I have to hide phals and oncidiums in the darkest corners...and still they burn.

    I put alot of cattleya on the bar as this seems to be where these ones like it best.

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    As you walk out the back door I arrange the blooming plants so it's the first thing you see.

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    Down at the far end in the corner is the misting area I call the jungle.

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    I've begun moving everything back against the wall as the sun has been so hot lately it's burning everything. You'll probably notice alot of burn spots on the plants I had out front for awhile.

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    ...this will take a couple more posts to finish...

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    The vanda area includes a few Renanthera now.

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    I have to move things around to make sure everything gets good air movement and a good thorough watering every day. The black tubing is for the drip system...it waters the plants farther out from the mist.

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    Mounts and baskets are included in the area as well as a nice Bulbophyllum Lepidum in the metal heart shaped basket...it has three spikes.

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    Under the hanging vanda area are a few of the baskets that like it abit sunnier...they catch what drips off the roots overhead.

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    Looking from the other side you see the extreme sun lovers...a schomburgkia, an encyclia a few mini vandas....an a huge cattleya, encyclia cross that won't bloom for me. It grows, has nice roots...gets moved everywhere in an attempt to bloom it....but nothing. Arrgghh

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    Move the bamboo leaves and there are a few more vanda...a renanthera...

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    The area for the cattleya is further down by the bar...this area, another high sun area, is for the dedrobium. I didn't pull my shelves back fast enough and several plants got a little sunburned.

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    This shelf holds mostly cattleya...and another shelf farther back holds sun sensitive catts.

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    This shelf was full of plants for most of the summer and acted as a sun shield for the jungle area. As the sun got hotter it had to be moved against the wall.

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    This fall my plants will have a nice greenhouse to keep them warm. It should be built in the next month or two. I'll repost when it's built....for now though the porch is doing a great job. The dendrobiums are nearly all in bloom or in spike with one or two exceptions. And as soon as it cools off I should have several catts blooming nicely.

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    Beautiful, Connie!!! Wish I were there having an orchid at the bar.

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    Connie, That is amazing. I am so impressed as to how all of them are nicely co-mingled. I enjoyed scrolling my computer screen up and down, then go up again. Thank you for sharing.

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    Nice collection Connie.
    I like your orchid bar. :-)

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    Mabuhay!

    Wow, now at least i have a reason to go to the bar. hehehee. I think the palms are old enough for orchids to hold on to.
    congratulations! Just simply awesome.
    Godbless

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    Well that's a use I'd have never thought of for the video cassette/CD/DVD holder. Plants look very happy there, Connie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Well that's a use I'd have never thought of for the video cassette/CD/DVD holder. Plants look very happy there, Connie!
    I saw that shelf thing (they called it a magazine holder) at a garage sale and bought it for 10 dollars. When I hauled it out of the van my husband was like...and you bought that again, why??? Ah well...I noticed a few months ago, wood baskets seem to sit perfect on it, and some clay pots. It now will be forever an orchid stand. You'll note the hat/coat stand i'm using to hang vanda plants from?? My husband says I could be on that "picker" show. lol My favorite shopping day...when I bought one piece of wood and one rock from a landscaping guy to mount orchids on. He thought i'd gone wiggy buying one rock and a piece of wood.

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