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semi-hydro setup

This is a discussion on semi-hydro setup within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A few pics of my temporary growing area in NJ for Gilda. Plants will be ...

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    A few pics of my temporary growing area in NJ for Gilda. Plants will be moving back up the turnpike to NY in a few weeks.

    I use a modified s/h method in which I punch holes in the pots and sit them on trays of water. Once a week, about when the trays dry out, the plants get watered and the trays get washed. And the reservoir is replenished. People have asked me about the risk of communicable disease with this method. I say it's fine if you bring in healthy plants and that, being in the hospital, I'm more worried about other types of communicable diseases...

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    idiot alert. I guess posting pictures works better if the pictures get posted...
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    Thanks Jason!
    That is really neat....and the orchids look great! How long did you say you have had them in this ??

    That has to be a very easy way of growing...and I agree..if your orchids are healty it shouldn't be a problem with disease.

    I will tell my friend and get her to join over here or lurk and check out the pictures.

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    Great pics, great plants. Is that a Paph PEOY in bloom I see?

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    Wow. Nice setup, Jason. And obviously working very well.

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    Wow, they look fabulous Jason! Nice growing! It always amazes me how many plants you guys all fit so close together! I need to learn that trick.

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    Thanks guys! Pete, it is a PEOY, with pics to follow when it's in full bloom. Gilda, I've been using s/h since late last spring, although I was using an inferior clay aggregate (geolite). I moved everything into PrimeAgra (with 20% coarse charcoal) about 2 months ago. I moved them into s/h mostly because of convenience in the face of a busy schedule--if I can't water, I can just add a little water to the reservoir until I get a chance.

    Heather, when one has had way too many plants for way too long, one must reduce the space not occupied with plants. The bane of that existence is air movement, or the lack thereof--almost every time I forget to run a fan for a few days in the heat of summer, I lose a plant to rot. I got a large stand-up fan for my new apartment, so short of another blackout, I figure to have that covered. @$#^%@^ electric grid.

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