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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; So.....working in a retail greenhouse, when not observing the two footed folk milling about with ...

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    So.....working in a retail greenhouse, when not observing the two footed folk milling about with arm fulls of heliotrope, cyclamen, rose bushes and other what-not from the perenial yard, I like to look at the physical set up. We have several low-flow systems and drip lines strung up for watering the hanging baskets and we even sell components for these kinds of watering systems (miles of black tubing) and notice, I ommited the vendor. My question is...has anyone ever adapted a low flow system for watering the own orchids in the home? It seems like it should be simple enough...a pump from the resovoir to the lines (maybe a manifold the run several drips at once). I dunno...seemes like a thought. Not that I have any problems with being anal retentive with watering as it keeps me still intimate with the plants, but during the dry winter months, it seems like it would be a help against the battle of the Dry Air.

    PS: I know no one from the northeast wants to hear it, but thank god for the rain...we need it, and I can start collecting rainwater again for watering insted of using bottled water (what can I say, I spoil my 'chids).

    Also, does anyone know anything about Phragmipedium kovachii? We have a speaker next month at our orchid society's monthly meeting and they have them for sale. I was just wondering how difficult they are to grow. They are GORGEOUS!!!

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    I use something like what you describe in my shade houses for misting purposes.As the tap water here is good it is attached to the tap via a pressure limiter ,120psi,and is contolled by an electronic timer that I got from the garden center.For the Odont house it comes on 4 times per day 6am,10am,2pm and 6pm for 2 minuites at a time.Works well and I only have to do spot watering.

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    My mom had a drip system in her greenhouse. My dad made up custom "drippers' for her orchids. He took the mini tubing, measured out enough to make a circle around the inside 2/3 or so of a pot, then poked holes through the tubing (teeny tiny holes), and then using one of the T connectors, looped the dripper-ring around the orchid plants in each pot. The whole thing was split on two timers, one for more moisture loving, and one for the less thirsty. That way no water on leaves, water conserved (A California requirement... LOL) and if the weather was too warm or humid they just overrode the timers....

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    I know nothing about watering systems or really too much about how to grow kovachii. I do agree it's beautiful. All the info I can contribute is this. I know of a grower who is selling flasks now and said he should have seedlings available in August (6-8'). He's from NY. I don't know if it's the same person coming to speak to you, ATester. But anyway, I asked him and he mentioned that the species seedlings are growing slower than the hybrids they made. He said that they would be harder to grow than hybrids but that that's usually the case in orchid culture. If you want his name, I can send it to you. He seemed very open to talking about it so maybe you could email him. They will also have their hybrid seedlings available in August. He said many of them are already 6-8 inches now! I don't think that answers your question, but I can PM you the nursery's name if you like.

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    Here's a link to kovachii cultural requirements...


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