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Indoor growing: need help

This is a discussion on Indoor growing: need help within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello, Colorado humidity currently could be as low at 35. I am currently growing my ...

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    Hello, Colorado humidity currently could be as low at 35. I am currently growing my orchids in a metal shelving (2 levels). I covered it with plastic, orchid pots are on top of a shelving wire on a water tray which upped humidity to 50-68. There is a humidifier. There is a slit on the side for air flow, a fan oscillating 3 feet away. My collection grew to 15 orchids. Now, I plan to convert a room in the basement into a growing area (instead of building a GH in the backyard, I thought i will be able to save in heating bill). I plan to cover the high grade carpet with something like a linolium (just in case i need the room back). The room is painted white. There is a small window (north light) but my neighbor's house is blocking the sun. I will probably use plenty of artificial lights.
    I worried about molds, algae that may thrive. Would I be able to prevent molds or algae to thrive in the room? I forgot what Louis suggested to cover the walls with. Some kind of plastic material (?).
    Any suggestion that will help me build a healthy indoor orchid growing area, I appreciate it.

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    You will need very good airflow , fans running 24/7 & some type of ventillation.
    My growroom ran for about 8 months , humidity over 90% @ times & no mold or algae.You could cover the walls with Mylar(exceptionally good reflective material) which is plastic & should protect the walls.
    Light wise you,ll probably need a HPS or metal halide setup(or the new ceramic metal halide which gives full spectrum light) but these give off a lot of heat.
    If you need more details just post up .
    Piccie of my growroom last year.
    Note pretty big.

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    Hi , A friend that is an indoor grower had the idea of buying one of the inexpensive plastic green houses and setting it up in a spare room. I have seen some that have plastic on the floor too , just a thought . Gin

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    Yes, Loius mentioned about mylar plastic...

    Thanks for the ideas uncasteeb, Gin. I am taking down notes...

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    I grow inside too and have found that if if I keep the air circulating and don't have standing water that I don't have a real problem with mold and other fungi. I don't use artificial lights, so I don't know how that factors into the mix, so I defer to any more expert opinions on the matter.

    Sounds exciting to convert a basement into a greenhouse -- there is a way to brighten up Colorado winters.

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