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My beautiful Phals...

This is a discussion on My beautiful Phals... within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everyone..Im still new at this, trying to figure out this enormous forum , and ...

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    Red face My beautiful Phals...

    Hello everyone..Im still new at this, trying to figure out this enormous forum, and where to put what...Anyways I just got back from a month and a half of traveling around the country inside and out. Mostly the state of Florida and the Bahamas and New Orleans and when i came home my dendrobium was im sad to report mostly dead in fact real dead..However, my Phals are all still very much in bloom, in fact they are going nuts with flowers, isn't there a point in time where maybe i should slow them down a bit to let them recover? Also this man that had sold my husband a tiny little stub of a stepelia type orchid has quadrupled no actually more than that in size. So i am so thankful that most of them survived and are doing well, considering i left them in the hands of non orchid owners with some very simplified instructions.I still have my seeds of some Huernias and some other stuff that needs to be flasked that I haven't started on yet. I was thinking about making these fifty five gallon fish tanks with stands into some beautiful beds for humid tanks for some more orchids, does anyone have any ideas on how to go about that maybe??? Well i need to unload all my pics from my trip first then i can get some pics up of my babies so i'll get on that, thanks for listening..CIAO for now

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    hope to see pic of your collection soon

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    There are other's on this site that have used large fish tanks and turned them into amazing displays. I think if you use the search bar and type in fish tank or terrarium you should find some pictures of their set ups. Many have incorporated small tree frogs and gecko's into their display as well as small orchids. I know you will need small gro lights that don't throw too much heat...a couple small fans (i believe others have used computer fans or small desk fans for air movement)...and there are several ways to set them up; I think the most common is where they use a large piece of wood for mounts. I would love to see pictures if you decide to set one up.
    On another subject...when you go away for a period of time, depending on the size of your collection, misting can keep them healthy for quite awhile. I found a misting tower online recently, or one of the simple patio tubing misting/drip sets would work inexpensively as well. Keep that dendrobium in a dark humid spot and it may throw a new plant off one of the pbulbs. Often what looks dead in orchids isn't really dead. We have several members that travel quite abit...a simple misting system on a timer will save your plants and often you'll come home suprised that they do that well with just the misting.

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    Hi Amy,

    Good thing your Phals survived being without you for a month and a half, Phals are really a survivor...
    Just place your dendro in in dark humid and cold place and they will surely send out keikis.

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    hope to see some pics of your phals soon

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