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Old 03-20-2020, 06:22 PM
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Very cool set up!!

Good to know about the moss. I'll try it out in a dish then. If it doesn't make, that way at least it won't be a mess everywhere. It's over 80 most days in the summer here, some years humid, some really dry.
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Old 03-22-2020, 11:38 AM
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Beautiful. I guess it works with such small plants. They look good.
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Old 04-12-2020, 05:14 PM
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Default Here's What I Came Up With...

Definitely a work in progress, but sort of finished...

Took a TV stand I got at the thrift store. Removed the front, side and back panels of the top cabinet. The bottom part is perfect for storage and the power strip, etc. Painted it to look pretty Replaced the front and side panels with plexiglass. For the top, I used thicker plexiglass. For the back I stained scrap plywood, then coated all interior surfaces with exterior grade polyurethane.

For the bottom, I used rubber for a shower pan to created a 2" "tray" at the bottom. I filled that with LECA balls, put window screen on top of those, and an orchid potting mix on top of that.

I made a sprayfoam background for one side and have some misc plants growing in pots I built into it.

I have LED lights on the top on a timer. I bought a 2 pack of fans, and it turned out they were connected to each other, so drilled holes in the top and am using both of them, one in the rear left corner, the other in the right front corner. I have the fans on a timer to run 3x a day for 15 minutes. So far humidity is running right around 70%, which is what I need.

Mounted a bunch of my orchids on cork and hung them up. It's been running around 10 days, and everything seems happy so far. Now I just need more orchids

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Old 04-12-2020, 05:15 PM
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Hmmmm... Not sure why it rotated my pics. Well, you get the idea.
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Old 04-15-2020, 08:27 PM
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That looks awesome, can't wait to see it filled up with plants! Did you end up going with the mistking? I'm thinking about buying one soon.
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Old 04-16-2020, 03:59 PM
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I did not buy a mist system yet. Since I'm quarantined at home all day and the economy is in a free fall, I'm holding off for now. I've been watering the orchids every other day with a spray bottle, and spraying water on the random clumps of moss around the enclosure daily to keep the humidity up. I've taken down some of the moss on the mounts too, as I learned that I put too much on and water wasn't getting through all of it to the orchids' roots even when it was soaked.

I'll probably get the mister in a couple of months, because I'll definitely need it once I can go on vacations again. Also, one reason I built the thing was so I could be a lazy orchid keeper and have everything automated
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