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This is a discussion on Early Fall Grow Area within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As the early weeks of fall begin here in Florida, I am rushing again moving ...

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    Cool Early Fall Grow Area

    As the early weeks of fall begin here in Florida, I am rushing again moving my plants. The sun gets so hot in the afternoon and this time of year I have to move my shelves farther back under the back porch awning. When our nighttime temperatures finally begin dropping some the ever expanding vanda section will have to go in the greenhouse. It will be awhile yet, but I have already begun cleaning things up getting ready for the move. I thought I would take a few pictures to show the mess I have on the back porch. I am sure the neighbors think it is an eyesore but it is just beautiful to me. I didn't include one section of cattleya, but I think you get the gest...it's a mess out there and I haven't counted how many I have in far too long. lol I don't want to even know anymore. And I am sure to bring home at least a couple from the show this weekend.

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    You can see at the far end, the greenhouse is nearly empty and waiting for the orchids. Some of the older orchids have burns and what not, but they are all thriving right now. I have one of my largest Mokara in spike. In fact I have several vanda in spike. As it cools off the Cattleya will start popping out buds as well.

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    The large one I'm holding out of the way is a Rhychostylis Gigantea. It gets the darkest maroon flowers, sometimes 2-3 spikes, but only once a year. Big spacewaster...lol! As you can see from the pics, I have a lot of space wasters.

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    I use lace sheers because they last the longest and dry out quickly so they don't mold.

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    This is the huge Mokara in spike.

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    My giant, keikei producing space waster. If it ever blooms again it should be spectacular.

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    The big one up top is my newly repotted B. Nodosa. It is on a fern placque and I basically laid it into this basket and added a little pine bark.

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    A small section of the Cattleyas. They had a rough time with the heat this year. It started early and didn't let up at all. We were in the 100's most afternoons.

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    One of my big species.

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    Another shot of some vandas...and root heaven.

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    I don't know, do I have enough yet???

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    Wow that's a lot of work Connie ! I keep on putting off repotting my orchids and they'e really suffering. I don't know why I'm suffering from this malaise of late and can't seem to overcome the inertia that has set in. I haven't even taken a photo of my orchids in months and sometimes I don't even step into my orchid house house for days. Hope I snap out of it soon.

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    wow. looks great connie. sure the space wasters would reward you soon.

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    great collection , I am in awe of your "giant, keikei producing space waster", even though I'm farther south than you we don't hit 100, usually low 90's, but the rain this year has taken a toll on my cats but the vandas loved it.

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    WOW Connie - wonderful orchids. Your jungle looks so healthy!! Nice growing.

    cheers,
    BD

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    great collection , I am in awe of your "giant, keikei producing space waster", even though I'm farther south than you we don't hit 100, usually low 90's, but the rain this year has taken a toll on my cats but the vandas loved it.
    I appreciate that as I used to kill vandas. I love them, but for a long time it seemed like I would never get the fungal, bacterial and bug issues under control. Then a wonderful lady from this website visited me and gave me a few words of advice on my spraying habits. I was spraying, just not regular enough. I jumped up to once a week for fungal/bacterial and began ordering a full array of fertilizer from one company and found a couple micronutrients to add in. I make sure to add in some honey now and then with my fertilizer sprays. I am told there is a molasses made for plants that is a little better, but so far just haven't bought any. I had heard about using it when rehydrating vandas I receive through shipping and have read in a few places how good it is for young and sick orchids. Before you ask if it attract ants...I live on a huge sand pile basically, so we already have ants outside and if I have a flower spike not being tended to by ants it usually doesnt' make it. However, since it is diluted into water, I have never heard of the ant problem when using it. Also; you will note my plants are all very pale, some with nasty burn spots, some with yellowing leaves. My plants are on the high end of the sunlight scale. I also have the perfect backyard for orchids really. Perfect humidity, etc. I also do not buy baby plants. I buy blooming size as much as possible. It makes the growing experience so much more fun for me. If anyone wants to know the brands I use, let me know and I will private message you. I am not the expert, but by following what Cathy told me, my plants are healthier and bloom much nicer.

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    Quite an impressive grow area.

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    hey. at least it's not cats. 'crazy orchid lady' is a much better neighbor.

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