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This is a discussion on New Grow Area within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi All! I just moved my plants from Florida to Michigan, and obviously I needed ...

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    Hi All!

    I just moved my plants from Florida to Michigan, and obviously I needed to learn to grow indoors. I got some fluorescents and here is my new set-up. It's been up for only a few days, so I'm sort of watching and waiting to see if my plants will be happy or if they need more/less light. Currently the temp is between 65 and 70, and the humidity doesn't hit 50%. I definitely need to kick the heat and humidity up a bit, but don't know how to do that without cranking the heat up in the house and sweating it out for my plants (which I would probably do if it weren't for the cost of heating...). I'm hoping to get some suggestions from indoor growers here to get an ideal climate going, because after the bugs and the slugs I encountered in Florida, I don't want to have my plants outdoors ever again. Any ideas are appreciated!! THANKS.

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    65-70 is alright. In fact a lot of orchids need cooler then that to trigger flowering. You could try putting some mesh pots or mesh vegetable bags filled with pressed sphagnum in your tent. Just keep it moist. Be sure to have a small fan going both to keep your plants healthy and avoid black mold on your walls and carpet.

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    here in Israel i keep my orchids out thru the winter with night temp around 40 to 55. Occasionally the temp would drop bellow 40 so i take them indoors. They survive well, and by end of February when it gets little warmer they start growing again

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    I grow in my basement with a 600w mh light and several t5's with 3k warm bulbs. I grow in northern MN welcome to the frozen tundra.
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    Something else I just noticed. I don't know what type of lights you have on your stand but unless there is another source, your plants are not getting enough light. You may want to take the shade cloth off the shelves and move everyone up.

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    I agree with Chris. That is not enough light for orchid success.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone!

    These are the lights I am using...4 bulbs over each of the two shelves (8 in total). I'm new at this and am so afraid of burning my plants!! Knowing what I'm using, should I still move them up/remove shade cloth or add some additional lights? If I add lights, should they be fluorescent or incandescents? Feeling a little overwhelmed over here!

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    I am doing well with Phals and Paphs under T5, 4 tube, 2 foot fixtures. I have Catts and Encyclias and Oncidiums under 8 tube T5 4 foot fixtures.

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    Oh good! How far from your orchids are the lights?

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    For the Phal's and Paphs 6- 8 inches above and for the others that is harder to say. It is high enough to allow all the orchids below several inches at the top of their leaves, but the fixture ends up about 2 feet above the 'ground'.

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