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Unread 04-19-2008, 08:35 PM
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Join Date: May 2007
Zone: 4a
Location: Houghton Lake, MI
Age: 36
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Smile My orchid rack :)

I don't know why but I'm always a little shy about showing my pics. But I really enjoy looking at everyone elses so I thought I would return the favor. My rack is in my spare bedroom that is in the process of getting fixed up, paint etc. I have t-5's as the only light source, 2 on the top and middle shelves and 3 at the bottom. Thank you Terri for the plant rack info. I got the entire idea from her. I took these pics at the beginning of February, things are little more crowded now!

p.s. any blooming orchid on the rack was bought in bloom so I can't get any credit!

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Unread 04-19-2008, 08:41 PM
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Sarah, it all looks great!

Please don't be shy about posting your ...we all really enjoy seeing each other's chids and displays
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Unread 04-19-2008, 08:49 PM
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Location: Montreal, Canada
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I see you have a miltoniopsis. How is it doing and how do you grow yours? I just bought one about three weeks ago, but am thinking of loosely potting it in moss. I can't seem to keep the bark evenly moist, I think I either is too wet, but the next day, it is too dry!!!

oooh and I like your set up by the way
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Unread 04-19-2008, 09:03 PM
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Location: Central Florida
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Nice set up Sarah as for keep snapping them, we love for you to share your addiction

“Respect does not come from the work you do, it comes from the way you do your work.”
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Unread 04-19-2008, 09:22 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 327

Looks great. I use a set-up just like that. Great way to enjoy your orchids.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 09:28 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Zone: 7b
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 1,548

Very nice display, Sarah. It's always interesting to see other's plants and setups. Thank you for sharing.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 10:02 PM
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Join Date: May 2007
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Location: Houghton Lake, MI
Age: 36
Posts: 871

Thanks everyone for all the compliments! I'm really happy with it simply because all my orchids were previously crammed in 2 east facing windows with pretty dismal light. I have a ton of trees in my yard. Since moving them to this new set-up I have lots of activity going on, new leaves and roots everywhere! I even found a small spike forming on one of my phals today! I only have one other phal in spike and it's getting really close to blooming. The funny thing with that one is that I noticed the spike the day I moved it from the window to the lights. So it actually grew the spike while in the window. I thought that was funny. All that time there with nothing happening.

(..._...), with the miltoniopsis I have it in a coconut husk chip mix. I just got in the beginning of February at a show so it's really too soon to tell if it will like it or not. CHC works good for me because it seems to hold moisure well but it stills dries out for me in about 4 days or so. I personally don't like sphag just because it dries really quickly under the lights (and with a fan blowing) so I have check it all the time. I work full time so it's hard for me to do this. But if sphag works for you I say go for it. It seems that milts would like it since they don't seem to like to completely dry out.
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Unread 04-20-2008, 12:48 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2007
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Location: Bailey, Colorado
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Super nice!

I just bought a couple of the T5's for my orchid rack. . .need four more. lol

I am really seeing the plants perk up with the brighter and supposedly, broader spectrum light. I was using just T12 grow lights.

Love seeing your photos!!! Thank you for sharing your growing space with us. We love seeing them, you know!
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Unread 04-20-2008, 02:29 AM
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nice little setup sarah! it is nice to see other peoples setups, where one sometimes get good ideas fortheir own use. that,s why pictures are so inportant
thanks for sharing
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Unread 04-20-2008, 09:52 AM
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That is really nice Sarah. You've got a nice collection going.
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