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Watering systems

This is a discussion on Watering systems within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, everyone. I am about to get my first greenhouse!! It is a 9x12 and ...

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    Hi, everyone.

    I am about to get my first greenhouse!! It is a 9x12 and has a door, benches, and everything!

    My question is: How do those with greenhouses water their orchids?

    So far, I have been growing inside and mixing my fertilizer in a two gallon watering can. Then I take each orchid to the sink and water them. Is there a special water thingy I can attach to my watering hose, with a separate reservoir where the fertilizer is mixed, and water? What I have in mind is what MiricalGrow sells at the big box stores. Hard to describe, but the fertilizer or seaweed is in a container that hangs at the base of the water-jet-sprayer thing. Sorry if I am not making sense.

    Advice welcomed, and feel free to send web links...I am a visual learner.

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    You're referring to a hose-end sprayer, and they can be fine - or not. I don't know the Miracle-Grow one, but there is an Ortho Dial-N-Spray model that has a dial graduated in teaspoons-, tablespoons-, and ounces-per-gallon that seems to be pretty accurate.

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    Alternately, you can get a plastic barrel (most carwashes give them away) and a submersible pump.

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    Hi Chris,

    Since you are not getting a huge greenhouse, you don't need to invest in a fertilizer system. The sprayer that Ray shows in his post or the miracle-gro one that you mention should be great for your new setup. I hope you share photos!! So happy for you.

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    Bruce is right.

    However, considering where you live, you WILL need to invest in ventilation and shade cloth!

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    This is what I know; it is a "Greenhouse Kit" that will be 9x12, comes with a shade cloth, misting system, automatic vents (side and top), and a heater. Up to this point all I know is how to grow indoors, so I am trying to figure out what thermostats, fans, timers, evaporator cooler; fogger I need...all new to me, but I am so excited! Remember, I grow in Austin where we have lots of sun, long dry/hot summers, mild winters but a nice spring and fall.

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    Chrisa,

    I am sooooo excited for you!!! Send pictures soon after you have it assembled. My dream is that some day I can have one too

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    The greenhouse came sooner than expected, my collection has grown to the point that it now consumes the sunroom and I need to relocate them. Once I joined the local orchid society, and started talking to members, they graciously started giving me divisions from their collection. My hope is to one day be able to reciprocate; actually, I did not know that joining a society actually made previously unavailable orchids-available. I now have some Catts that are over 20years old (divisions) and some that were hybridized in the 1020-40's. So, I HAD to get a greenhouse and this was a good excuse. They are actually very affordable if you shop around and compare prices. I talked to many society members and they gave me great advice on what to buy/and what not to buy. And this forum has a ton of information if you do a search on "greenhouse".

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    In some areas, water supply contains a very high amount of dissolved substances; which may affect your flower growth. There are useful ways of improving this water; one of which is to put it through a reverse osmosis device.

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