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Old 12-01-2014, 03:39 PM
TexasTim TexasTim is offline
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I understand these orchids need low light and high humidity, but what puzzles me is how to correctly get the temperature at night to 55 degrees. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:45 PM
Nepenthesguy Nepenthesguy is offline
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Have you grown any cool growing masdie's or pleuro's before? They are a great way to experiment with making condition favorable for them and also for most lower elevation drac's.

What I do is use bowls and other containers to trap humidity around the plants, they are also near the air output of an ATX power-supply to give them good air movement (power supply is what keep the fans in the hot/warm orchidarium running). I can't help with a simple solution dropping the temps I've been keeping the dracs and other cool growers on the floor of my room to take advantage of the cool floor (basement level, on the floor temps are in the upper 60's ) the higher you go in my room the warmer it gets (currently maxes around 74 - 77F durring the day and 71 - 74F at night).

Lighting can be variable for them, they are more than happy getting bright light if other conditions are being met but low light is fine as well (growth will likely be slower).

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Old 12-02-2014, 03:33 AM
RNCollins RNCollins is offline
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Can you crack the window at night to let the cold air in?

Or put on the AC and the humidifier?
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:30 AM
Lordoftheswarms Lordoftheswarms is offline

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I grow in my basement, under T5 HO lights.
I've got about 15 Dracula species and hybrids.

I cool the room down at night by an intake and exhaust fans wired to a thermostat, and an evaporative cooler that runs nearly 24/7.

It's hard to maintain the right temperatures in the summer.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:49 AM
jforsha jforsha is offline
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"estación seca", another member had suggested moving a Dracula (benedictii) that I was given to the fridge at night to give it the low temps it requires at night. He said 40 degrees was ideal though. I'm wondering if I can't cannibalize the guts from a small under counter fridge that I have to build into a solid-backed glass display cabinet to achieve the same result... only better.
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