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  1. merc

    Automation experiment for my hobby collection

    hey spujr! really really great write up on your automation solutions! this has turned out to be a great thread hearing about all the different devices people have tried. it def helps me hearing it from orchid people instead of from random amazon reviewers. fwiw looks like someone already did...
  2. merc

    Automation experiment for my hobby collection

    oh i forgot to mention i had a little 2 gallon vicks humidifier plugged into one of those garbage wifi plugs i picked up from costco. it was nice having the tap on/off, but it was constantly failing me because it was offline all the time. i had grand plan to tie in it's ON/OFF state with...
  3. merc

    Automation experiment for my hobby collection

    looks like linktap is the way to go for a fully supported off-the-shelf irrigation automation solution. that and rainbird's, but i've read rainbird's support kind of sucks. it integrates with HA too if you ever want to extend your automation beyond just irrigation and have it all in one place...
  4. merc

    Automation experiment for my hobby collection

    yes absolutely! problem is you have zero visibility into what’s happening and no ability to override without being in the same room as the thing on the timer. you'd be surprised to find out there are many industrial facilities employing this method for controlling industrial equipment today.
  5. merc

    Automation experiment for my hobby collection

    My husband watches me painstakingly but constantly fiddling with my tiny shelf of orchids and kept pestering me to automate something. We have a lot of home automation already setup and it all works pretty great. I refused for a long long time, but finally gave in. Funny thing is I'm a software...
  6. merc

    Dealing with being laid off.

    sorry to hear about your situation. your dog is super cute! orchid fever was a great book. def enjoyed that one. here's an entertaining little podcast along the same lines: it was recommended to me by a much younger coworker who knew i kept orchids. it's a lot less cerebral than my usual, but...
  7. merc

    When does alba/album cancel out color in hybrids?

    @silence882 I love your site! I use it all the time when I to try to visualize (in my imagination) the outcome of a hybrid crossed with another hybrid. Thanks for putting that visual repository together and sharing with the rest of us!
  8. merc

    Humidity Trays

    +1 DIY +1 Vicks 2g humidifier Eggcrate is easily cut to size using Cutco scissors. The normal, thinner scissors won't cut the plastic cleanly so you might end up having to use garden pruners (i.e. Corona classic bypass pruner) instead if you don't have heavy duty scissors handy. Here's how...
  9. merc

    When does alba/album cancel out color in hybrids?

    I went ahead and picked up a different brachy album cross with a hopefully smaller footprint - Paph God's Pearl from Orchidfix. I couldn't find pics of an actual bloom. Lehua lists it's parents as Paphiopedilum Deperle 'White King' x Paphiopedilum godefroyae fma album 'White Song'. It'll be...
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    Paph. venustum albescens (almost measuresianum)

    beautiful bloom! TIL the difference between venustum albescens (some spots) vs measuresianum (no spots)! i love coming to ST and learning something new everyday.
  11. merc

    Paph. Joseito “Z” x delenatii alba “Germany”

    Oh and I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! ❤️
  12. merc

    Paph. Joseito “Z” x delenatii alba “Germany”

    Lovely little lady I found on Etsy. Anybody know what PW stands for in the flask info from the plant tag?
  13. merc

    Paphiopedilum Burki

    I've never seen this cross before. So pretty!💕 If you ever have a division available LMK!
  14. merc

    Sophie the PBGV is gone

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. ❤️
  15. merc

    Paphiopedilum concolor x helenae

    That is a treasure!
  16. merc

    surprised DE isn’t recommended more often

    i sprinkle in deer scram granules (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00169FKLI) around the base of the hostas to deter deer. full disclosure: it's blood/cinnamon based with deer bits in it. we also have a bunch of battery motion activated lights...
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    surprised DE isn’t recommended more often

    I use floor-dry (granulated kiln dried DE) in the garden to keep the slugs from decimating my hostas and food grade DE in the chicken supplies. is the horticultural grade marketed as the pest control stuff? wondering how food grade stuff holds up compared to horticultural grade. 🤔
  18. merc

    surprised DE isn’t recommended more often

    hi! yes. it's a special dry pump. this listing best illustrates the dry pump parts my little bottle has: https://www.amazon.com/CCbeauty-Dismountable-Cosmetics-Bottles-Locking/dp/B07ZRNSNMN/
  19. merc

    surprised DE isn’t recommended more often

    i upcycled a dry shampoo dispenser and refilled with diatomaceous earth. my latest tool to defend against potential thrips, mites and mealies! surprised DE isn’t recommended more often. i stole the DE from my chicken keeping supplies. helps keep the coop and nests free and clear of mites so...
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