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Carmella.carey

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Here's an idea, what if people took pictures of their grow spaces since videos are fiddley to upload. talk about their general conditions, what type of plants they grow and Answering other's questions.
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I have a 12 x 8 foot greenhouse in Virginia. the back wall is south facing and it has 80% shade on and the right hand wall both roof panels and about a foot of the left hand wall has 50% shade on. the front wall has no shade it is east facing and gets no sun. My minimum temp is 5 degrees C. 41 degrees F. and my maximum temp is 40 degrees C. 100 degrees F. Humidity is between 40 to 90% I water with a garden hose with a shower attachment. I grow mainly cattleya alliance plants and a mix of other genera.
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I have an 18” x 18” x 24” enclosure that currently stays around 76 F and 60-70% RH. It used to be more crammed so I moved some to an east facing window.
How do you water your plants? What is that orange dendrobium is it unicum?
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growing in the greenhouse
18 x 24 with 77% shade cloth over double layer of plastic with blower inflating between layers
have 32 gal trash can with aquarium heater ( for heating water in winter) and a pond pump with tubing attached to water all the orchids
thermostat controlled fan which automatically comes on opening up ventsand pulls air thru
the empty space is only empty in sumner as cymbidiums go outside and then return
have had a greenhouse since 1990 and every minute spent in it is joy
 

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My GH is south of Houston in the Texas blazing sun. I use very little shade cloth. Only on the west wall, double layer of 70% (I think) and on 1/4 of the roof. It can be bright but typically the inside temp is 10F lower then the outside. Currently the cooler end is 82, the hot end is 88 and the outside temp is 97.
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The east with it rolled up, out of use and the roof
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I collect rain for watering
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Which is gravity fed into this 55 gal tank in the floor of the GH. Then fertilizer is mixed in the 55 and pumped out
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On the south wall is the workhorse, a wet wall. In the pic you can see a 24 inch fan at the peak of the GH. The fan is wired to the water pump running the wall which is connected to a thermostat. When the wal comes on so does the fan drawing cool air up from the wall and blowing it to the north end. 16548157971477487855224182688247.jpg

The north end has three 24 inch, 240v fans blowing air out. All 3 are on individual thermostats set at different temps.
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PS. I do have a pc of shade cloth on the door so no one can see me enjoying the cool breezy GH!
 
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How do you water your plants? What is that orange dendrobium is it unicum?
Patrick
When the false bottom (LECA layer) runs low on water, I’ll just use a watering can inside, but usually I’ll take them to the sink and water them in there. And yes, it’s a Dendrobium unicum, unfortunately there’s no scent coming from it at all which was a bummer!
 
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I collect rain for watering
Just curious, did you need to apply for a permit to collect rain water? Here in Oregon you need one to collect, but they seem pretty difficult to get. A farm within the company I work for has 10 greenhouses, each one using around 300 gallons a day/every other day and they were denied a permit for some reason.
 

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growing in the greenhouse
18 x 24 with 77% shade cloth over double layer of plastic with blower inflating between layers
have 32 gal trash can with aquarium heater ( for heating water in winter) and a pond pump with tubing attached to water all the orchids
thermostat controlled fan which automatically comes on opening up ventsand pulls air thru
the empty space is only empty in sumner as cymbidiums go outside and then return
have had a greenhouse since 1990 and every minute spent in it is joy
How warm do you heat the water?
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On the south wall is the workhorse, a wet wall. In the pic you can see a 24 inch fan at the peak of the GH. The fan is wired to the water pump running the wall which is connected to a thermostat. When the wal comes on so does the fan drawing cool air up from the wall and blowing it to the north end. View attachment 34903

The north end has three 24 inch, 240v fans blowing air out. All 3 are on individual thermostats set at different temps.
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PS. I do have a pc of shade cloth on the door so no one can see me enjoying the cool breezy GH!
It seems like the wet wall really helps with the Texas heat.
Patrick
 

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here's my little office orchid shelf (14” D x 36" W x 46" H) the fans cycle is on for 3h, off for 1h. the cheapo amazon full spectrum LED lights are daisy-chained and are set to run for 6h each day. i water x1 a week and let the run off fill the humidity trays, which keep the orchids at roughly 50-75% humidity.

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I never ask and I've been collecting rain since 93.
The reason they require permits to collect rain water (and don’t like to give them) is that water is a big income for towns and cities! Keep the collector in the back and behind a screen so neighbours can’t squeal on you! Stupid to deny anyone the right to collect free water falling out of the sky LOL! Just because it falls inside the city limits they feel they have the right to control your access to it! SHEESH! If it is landing on your property you should be able to catch it for whatever you want to use it for
 

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