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My Grow Area in South Florida

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    My apologies; I am just learning how to post pics here and it is more complicated and time-consumimg than I had hoped. If this goes well I'll post more.

    Wow! It worked. The pic above is my back fence grow area. I have a lot of different genera trying to exist in the same habitat. This spot is shaded almost all day, but each specific spot gets direct sun for 1 to 1.5 hours a day between 11AM and 1PM, meaning bright midday sun which is a nono, or so I've heard. I have had most of the plants here for less than a year, so I haven't had time to kill them yet. I let the plants tell me where they want to be through leaf color etc. Successes so far are the Oncidium on the white stand in the foreground; they are very happy and low-maintenance outside in my yard. I am also happy with the shomburgkia; they have doubled in size in one year and there is a spike on one. Trouble spots: the spathoglottis whatever on the left has incredible sunburn, but the leaves underneath look good so we'll see if it can adjust.

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    Closeup of Schomburgkia spike; it just started.

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    I like the look of plants attached to the trees and integrated into the landscape, although the plants will be subject to bugs and the whims of nature. I'm really impressed by the beautiful individual plants that some of you indoor growers have, but I have to accept that I won't get that outside. The rest of my little yard is mostly native South Florida shrubs, because I want to attract songbirds, butterflies and other small wildlife, and have the orchid collection as a highlight. I am trying to learn about the micro-climates in my yard and also about the culture of the different genera, and find them appropriate homes. Sometimes I have a spot that needs an orchid, and an orchid that needs a spot!

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    One of the trees in my yard, West Indian Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) with orchids and bromeliads attached.

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    Last one for now. Birdbath with mini Phal underneath.

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    That's a beautiful grow area. It looks like you're creating a tropical paradise.

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    Lovely orchids and grow area!

    cheers,
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    I am SO jealous. You have a wonderful growing area. It looks like there is ample shade. Do you modify the area during your really hot months? Having lived in Coral Gables (go Hurricanes) I know how hot and humid it gets.

    More Pics please!

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    Great grow area! Going to look awesome once the orchids have acclimatised and established themselves.

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    nice job creating your own little paradise

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    Great use of space and resources - very lovely. And you're absolutely right to monitor the leaves - I've managed to scorch more than one catt by letting it get an hour or 2 of midday sun out on the deck. Your Schomburgkia looks close to the limit on sunlight, but they do seem to bloom more when the leaves get yellowed somehow. I just can't see past the leaves when the plant is blooming and the foliage looks tortured - not directed at you personally, AT ALL - just my own feelings on the subject.

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    Very nice growing area so neat well done.

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    Your spathoglottis needs a lot less light than anything else you have there.
    I am interested in schomburgkias - they flower well for me here in UK, but the flower habit is quite different from what it is in the wild ( I have been fortunate enough to see them in the Andes - Venezuela etc ).
    I have also started growing a lot of plants on branches and pieces if wood ( see my thread "Growing naturally, or is it naturistically" - and took one Schombo out of its pot and put in on cork (oak) bark . But it did not like that, and I think I shall be looking for a replacement for Myrmo.thompsonae. Yours does not seem to have a lot of root - whereas mine in pots produce masses of roots which hang outside the pot.
    I'll look forward to your further posts !

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    Hi y'all; thanks for the welcomes. I put the spaths in the ground so moving them is going to be harder but I should do something about the one on the left. The one on the right is (I think) s. plicata and it is a common landscaping plant down here, even in high light situations. I'm not sure which species the one on the left is -- but it had pretty yellow and red flowers, but it is clearly not sun tolerant. I have a shadier corner that I can move it to and see how it goes. I also have a phaius tankervilleae that is a recent purchase; I'm leaving it in it's pot for now until I am sure it likes its location.

    I am less worried about the schomburgkias; I see them growing around here on the trunks of royal palms in full sunlight. I got these clusters from a friend of mine; sometimes the palm fronds drop off and shear a huge mass of shombs off the trunk, so he will give me soome and reattach the rest. I have a lot of new shrubs planted, so my yard should get shadier as it develops. I'm trying not to have shade cloth up so the yard will look more natural and birds can come and go freely.

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