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Forum: Beginner Discussion Today, 01:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 490
Posted By Roberta
Here's what I did in my condo days, when the...

Here's what I did in my condo days, when the spare bedroom was my "greenhouse".. I put those sheets of egg-crate on top of storage bins that I got at "big box" store....
Forum: Beginner Discussion Yesterday, 11:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 490
Posted By Roberta
Another possible shelf material - "egg crate"...

Another possible shelf material - "egg crate" light diffuser (1/4 inch holes), comes in 4 ft x 2ft. sheets at Home Depot. Also can be easily "cut" into smaller sizes by breaking along a line with...
Forum: Growing on Mounts Yesterday, 04:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 139
Posted By Roberta
Here's what I did to water Vandas and other...

Here's what I did to water Vandas and other things that I brought inside for the winter when I lived in a condo and had no room for a greenhouse... I used a big metal halide light, and had a...
Forum: Growing on Mounts Yesterday, 02:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 139
Posted By Roberta
I have automated all of my watering (both outside...

I have automated all of my watering (both outside and in the greenhouse). No stress for vacations long or short... definitely automated misting/watering is the way to go. You can create a...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-04-2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 71
Posted By Roberta
I think you're looking at sheaths... for what...

I think you're looking at sheaths... for what it's worth, mind has historically bloomed in the January-February timeframe, so you're getting close.
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-04-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 490
Posted By Roberta
Chemtiger, Orchid growing is all a big...

Chemtiger,
Orchid growing is all a big experiment... few of us live in climates that are what our orchids would call "home". But orchids are amazingly adaptable, and will tolerate a wide range of...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-04-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 490
Posted By Roberta
If your orchids aren't blooming for you after a...

If your orchids aren't blooming for you after a year or so, can you increase the light they get? Pailionanthe especially needs high light. I think your outdoor temperatures (at least most of the...
Forum: Dendrobium Alliance 12-04-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 112
Posted By Roberta
Just patience... Den. kingianum is a super-tough...

Just patience... Den. kingianum is a super-tough orchid. It is fine with heat, cold, dryness. Leafless canes are still very much alive and contributing to the plant. Ideal potting time is spring -...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-04-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,373
Posted By Roberta
Looking great! Congratulations!

Looking great! Congratulations!
Forum: Dendrobium Alliance 12-04-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 112
Posted By Roberta
Looks pretty "rooty" to me. First, I think that...

Looks pretty "rooty" to me. First, I think that you should be watering the plant (lightly) once a week or so. It is definitely waking up. Pay attention to the plant, it's doing what it wants to do,...
Forum: Semi-Hydroponic Culture 12-04-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By Roberta
Valid principles do not become outdated. The...

Valid principles do not become outdated. The concepts are still valid (the goal is "humid air" around the roots, and this technique does provide that). I suggest searching the Semi-Hydro forum to...
Forum: Dendrobium Alliance 12-04-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By Roberta
With spring, new canes (with new roots) will no...

With spring, new canes (with new roots) will no doubt appear. The existing canes have plenty of reserves for the new growth while it is growing those new roots. Dendrobiums are tough... Also don't...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-04-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 490
Posted By Roberta
Stenorrynchos and Sarcoglottis (and hybrids) ...

Stenorrynchos and Sarcoglottis (and hybrids) Stennorrynchos speciosum has beautiful velvety dark green foliage with spots (variable), and flowers are red with red bracts. Sargoglottis sceptrodes...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-04-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By Roberta
A potassium water softener uses potassium instead...

A potassium water softener uses potassium instead of sodium to replace the hard-water calcium, so it doesn't take any potassium out, puts an amount in to replace the calcium. Much more potassium...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-03-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 303
Posted By Roberta
If cost is no object, Orchids Limited...

If cost is no object, Orchids Limited (http://orchidweb.com) has them, or at least did quite recently - that they have grown themselves, I'm pretty sure from seed. You certainly can trust them with...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-03-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By Roberta
Elemental nitrogen in the air (N2) isn't...

Elemental nitrogen in the air (N2) isn't available to plants. (Legumes such as beans have nodules containing bacteria that can "fix" the nitrogen from the air into bio-available forms, don't think...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-03-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 310
Posted By Roberta
Thanks, Chemtiger - Do come back more often! I...

Thanks, Chemtiger - Do come back more often!
I think it earlier in this thread when you first asked about this... someone here had some experience with the process, and found it to be pretty...
Forum: Maxillaria Alliance 12-02-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 142
Posted By Roberta
The plant looks rather dehydrated to me. I...

The plant looks rather dehydrated to me. I suggest taking it out of the pot and checking the roots - if the roots are bad it can't take up water.

I grow this species outdoors all the time, and...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-02-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 111
Posted By Roberta
You can gently guide the developing spike with a...

You can gently guide the developing spike with a stake. When I have a spike that is "leaning" too much, I will use a fairly long tie... apply very gentle tension, then as the spike grows in the...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-02-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 322
Posted By Roberta
Interesting... Airport is west side of SF Bay,...

Interesting... Airport is west side of SF Bay, and San Bruno is close...I have a friend in South San Francisco, also in that area, who has great water. Airport must be getting water from...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-01-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 322
Posted By Roberta
Hmmm... what part of the SF area? SF itself has...

Hmmm... what part of the SF area? SF itself has superb water (Sierra snowmelt, not only tastes great but also grows Masdevallias and other high-eleation Pleurothallids beautifully right out of the...
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-01-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 322
Posted By Roberta
And now you should go to Andy's Open House next...

And now you should go to Andy's Open House next weekend (3 days)... just in case you need more orchids... and then Sunset Valley orchids the Saturday after that. You live in orchid heaven...:biggrin:
Forum: Beginner Discussion 12-01-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 322
Posted By Roberta
Jeff - I think you are in the San Diego area....

Jeff -
I think you are in the San Diego area. where tap water is pretty uniformly awful, though some people in the SD County OS Species Study Group say it has improved recently in at least some...
Forum: Dendrobium Alliance 11-29-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 182
Posted By Roberta
If the cane with the keikis is still plump, they...

If the cane with the keikis is still plump, they should be fine to leave attached. Eventually the mother cane will start to shrivel, they the keikis will have sucked as much energy as they can....
Forum: Cymbidium Alliance 11-29-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Roberta
As long as the temperataure at the location of...

As long as the temperataure at the location of the plants is above 32 def F (0 deg C) Cyms should be fine. That thermometer that you place next to the plants will help you to track that. If it is...
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