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Old 11-24-2022, 04:05 PM
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Two year update. My sweet little collection from a couple years ago has expanded a bit.

Should have mopped the floor but oh well...

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Old 12-01-2022, 06:56 PM
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Wow, this 2 year update is just fantastic! I never knew a basement could be so productive…and attractive. Really inspiring now. Almost purchased a house this summer without a basement, so glad I passed as this is a nice alternative to a greenhouse while I build one. Your stanhopea looks really happy. The humidity readings are off the chart, am I reading this correctly that your low temperature went down to 38 degrees f?
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Old 12-01-2022, 07:49 PM
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Looks like a great setup! With regard to the 200 Watt LED over the cattleyas, are you using the full power of the light, and if so, are the plants tolerating the light? I have an 8' x 4' grow tent in my basement with two 3' x 3' trays. I use one Spider Farmer 100 Watt LED over each of the two trays. My PPFD measurements are consistent with the values recommended by High Desert Orchids.
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Old 12-02-2022, 09:21 AM
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Wow, this 2 year update is just fantastic! I never knew a basement could be so productive…and attractive. Really inspiring now. Almost purchased a house this summer without a basement, so glad I passed as this is a nice alternative to a greenhouse while I build one. Your stanhopea looks really happy. The humidity readings are off the chart, am I reading this correctly that your low temperature went down to 38 degrees f?
Maintaining humidity is a big positive aspect of basement growing. My temps are warm to intermediate.. 85/68 in summer, 80/64 in the winter.

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Looks like a great setup! With regard to the 200 Watt LED over the cattleyas, are you using the full power of the light, and if so, are the plants tolerating the light? I have an 8' x 4' grow tent in my basement with two 3' x 3' trays. I use one Spider Farmer 100 Watt LED over each of the two trays. My PPFD measurements are consistent with the values recommended by High Desert Orchids.
All of my lights are just a bit much. You can see that I actually have shade cloth stretched over the back 2/3's of the lights on a number of my racks. Cattleya could handle the light levels but most were stressed.

The lights in the middle work well for my catasetinae and are at the top end of what cattleya can handle. If I could raise them about 4-5 inches I probably would.

During the summer in order to save power, give the plants a break, and reduce heat, I rotate turning off every other light to mimic overcast days. This reduces reliance on air-conditioning and subsequently humidifiers. In the winter I leave all lights on and the plants seem to handle it better with the slightly cooler temps.
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