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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:15 pm 
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As I don't have many windowsills in my house, this is where I currently keep most of my orchids.
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I was thinking of closing three sides with clear poly or maybe even thin epoxy or some other transparent plastic plate, so I could control the micro climate with computer fans and small humidifiers. Maybe even make one side an artificial wall, similar as in terrariums.. :P

What do you think, is it worth the time and effort?

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Wow, I've been dreaming of similar shelves for about a year ))
Sounds like a good idea to me.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/minicatt/ ... 044939305/
http://www.tallyorchid.org/orcharium/orcharium.htm
http://forum.theorchidsource.com/ubbthr ... m_Ste.html
Found these links on OrchidTalk Forum.



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If the plants are growing well I wouldn't bother. I see you have a monitor: what sort of humidity are you getting?


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I doubt phals and Oncidium-based hybrids (that's what I noticed on the two upper shelves) are very fussy )) Mine don't demand certain temperature and humidity all year round.


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RowanGreen wrote:
If the plants are growing well I wouldn't bother. I see you have a monitor: what sort of humidity are you getting?


Plants are growing well for now, but I can't get humidity over 35-40%, so I am afraid that on the long run this would not be enough..

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Wow, I've been dreaming of similar shelves for about a year


I've bought it in the same hardware store as all off my orchids, and it costs less than 10 eur, but is a pain in the ass to get it together.. sooooo many screws and nuts to tight on.. But once it's done, I agree it is a pretty decent substitute for a windowsill.

Ohh... and by the way, that wooden closet is also getting a makeover into a controlled environment for plants.. mostly peppers, strawberries, mushrooms and anything else that will thrive in 24-32°C, with humidity around 50%, some parts even 90%, and 16/8 light cycle.. ;)
Can you recommend any orchid species for this kind of environment (they should be small to fit)?

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Strawberries, peppers, orchids and mushrooms.. :lol: It'll be quite a sight.
I've never grown orchids in smth like a terrarium, but I assume masdas would like, anything Miltonia-based would most likely appreciate it too, some tiny orchids drying out too fast, the mounted ones too, I guess.
But that's just my random ponderings.. :roll: Let's see what the real orchid growers say. :character-oldtimer:

P.S. Whoops! Missed this part: "16/8 light cycle" :crazy: Have no idea what that means. If it's hours per day (light / dark cycle), then it seems quite natural.



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You got the light cycle right. =)

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