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How My Indoor Grow Areas Have Grown & Grown & Grown &........

This is a discussion on How My Indoor Grow Areas Have Grown & Grown & Grown &........ within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; 6 months ago, when I began my orchid journey in earnest, the start of my ...

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    Cool How My Indoor Grow Areas Have Grown & Grown & Grown &........

    6 months ago, when I began my orchid journey in earnest, the start of my collection was crowded around my living room, west facing windows. Then I got a single T5 2' grow light and put it on the dining room table. This grow light is now on the top shelf, above the orchidarium, in my first mini-greenhouse (which gave me back my table, for now....). Yesterday I bought the 2 tube fixture on the bottom shelf. I have mixed and matched parts from 3 different mini-greenhouses to create the height I need.
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    Then I got my 4' x 4' grow area with a 4', 8 tube fixture. Recently added hooks from the ceiling and have 2 hanging in front of this east facing window. The mini-greenhouse that will go outside is seen in the background too.
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    My boss for the last 2 years, retired last week and he sold me his 4', 8 tube fixture. It now hangs in the garage for my cool loving orchids. There are a few under the lights now.
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    And lastly but first, is my living room. Due to the 4 image limit per post, I show the first half now. If a viewer posts a comment, I can then post the the pic of the other half of the living room. I have a total of 7 hooks, right now, in front of these windows. Room for one more by both windows.
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    Your grow areas look really good. So tidy

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    Thanks!

    The other half of the living room.
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    Wow, look at those healthy looking plants!

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    very nice!! I bet watering must be a pain!

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    Another reason to keep my total near 100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    very nice!! I bet watering must be a pain!
    So, I'm jealous and I'm curious how you do schedule your watering?

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    I water a lot. Perhaps only superficially but it seems to be working. I am able to do them in an hour.

    I have mounted that get watered 2x a day. I have a couple of catts mounted that get watered 1x a day.

    My paphs get water most every day. My phals get it daily too. All phals are in a bark mix (I have 2 that are in bloom that are still in sphag and will move out of it once finished flowering. I also have one in s/h).

    My catts get watered every 2 or 3 days. Dendrobiums every other day.

    And I mist when I can.

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    Thanks for sharing, you have responded to several of my questions which I appreciate very much. My collection is at 65, which I think I could take in 1-20 more and that be my cap. I saw that you have some mounted on blocks and those a hanging on the sides of other pots, that is clever, I just did my first mount on driftwood....
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    Very healthy orchids you have

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