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    Micranthum

    Thank you so much for these helpful and concise guidelines.
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    Micranthum

    My micranthum is been growing well, getting good light (good enough for the rest of my paphs anyway under LED spots). The winter temp is its growing room has been around 60, sometimes slightly lower. It's been resting and I'm hoping for a spike. The plant is only one fan. Lance Birk and...
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    Soaking Medium Bark

    Excellent. I like all of these options. Thank you!
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    Cypripendium reginae

    Assuming that you're referring to the brand "Clorox", that would be correct. So, you've got 100ml of water. You pour off 10ml and replace it with Clorox. 10% Clorox. No doubt you've figured this out for yourself by now. :)
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    Soaking Medium Bark

    I have a couple of paphs that are doing well (as purchased) in medium bark. Even though they need watering every 2-3 days, I'm impressed by the growth and vigor I'm seeing. Since eventually they will need repotting, I've been wondering how long standard medium grade orchid bark should be soaked...
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    Warm mist humidifier

    Now have added a second warm mist humidifier for another room. I thought it would be a pain to keep two of these going, but it's not much harder than one. This, however, is the opinion of a single man who has more or less complete command over every hour in his day. That said, you can't beat...
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    I see what you mean. Just found the Apogee website that has conversion tables. I'm heading outside. Thanks.
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    I believe I stated a northeast window. I also have a digital fc meter that confirms the analog silicon sensor fc meter I was using. Taking another reading today, 2:00pm EDST, overcast day from inside, pointed at the sky next to a single-paned window. Getting readings from both meters in the...
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    No idea. For the sake of argument, let's say that my meters are in the ballpark. Any other explanation for direct sun to have a higher rate of PPF than ambient light?
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    Interesting. I took a series of comparison readings with both a foot candle meter and my PAR meter through a northeast window early this afternoon. Perfectly clear day, stable light conditions. Foot-candle meter registerd 2250fc. The PAR meter measured 23 μmols/m2/s. I chose a placement and...
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    Well, I've heard it over and over again, now. I guess it's time for Plan B. Thinking to mount the track on a rear wall, a bit farther down, instead of on the ceiling. Will have to figure out a way to bring it out a bit so the bulbs are over the plants. I wouldn't mind a little side lighting...
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    This make sense. I may be getting a little bit of a feel for this. The problem now facing me is that I've ordered track lighting for an 11 foot long, 12" deep orchid "shelf" setup in another room. It will be a paph garden, and perhaps a few other plants that are light compatible. I...
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    That last dubious statement of mine of course doesn't hold. Disappointlngly, the statement "micromoles/ms/s" is not directly correlated with footcandles. According to this theory for terryros to achieve his 200-400 micromoles/ms/s he would have to be applying more than 10,000 fc. Denial is a...
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    LED lights and PAR w/ Paphs&Phrags

    I totally trust your experience and am relying on it. I'm not suggesting I would use the MR16s for cattleyas (ideally). I've actually already replaced the MR16s that were over my cattleyas with my old 2650 lumen spots for the time being. The spectrum isn't the best but a bit of natural light...
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    Warm mist humidifier

    I meant to get back to this post sooner. I have no idea how to put the flush water back into the well. Interesting idea.
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