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Orchids in vivariums/terrariums.
By Tindomul at 2006-05-26 03:44

he Wardian Case is obviously the well known precursor of the terrarium, and it is of course the inspiration to today's modern hobby terrariums. In the past year I have attempted to grow tropical plants in these modern Wardian Cases. I have put in amphibians and called them vivariums. One day I realized that orchids might be an excellent vivarium plant. They have beautiful foliage, and equally fascinating flowers. After many months of researching the topic, I have come up with a list of orchids that may do well in vivariums, as long as their conditions are met.
The conditions in a vivarium, or terrarium can be manipulated to suit many plants. A terrarium can be made to house arid plants such as cacti and jade plants, and they can be made to house the most fragile of tropical plants, temperate ferns and moss. Wide spectrums of humidity, temperature, ventilation, lighting, and even rainfall, fog, and most often mists can be reproduced. So obviously, in the hands of an expert, which I am not, a terrarium can be a wonderful place to grow even the rarest of orchids. For the beginner however, the easiest orchids to succeed with using a vivarium for growing them are often miniatures, warm loving, shade loving, and humidity loving plants. Many beginners to vivariums and terrariums either have trouble keeping the humidity up, or keeping it too wet. They may also have trouble with keeping sufficient ventilation which in my opinion is a must for successful orchid culture in a glass enclosure.

Watering made simple for the home orchid grower !
By Gilda at 2006-05-24 14:15

ince the biggest majority of orchid addicts grow somewhere in their living space, I would like to show and tell you two options that work for us !

Option one:
You can cut your watering time greatly if you have trays (either bought or made) that drain on the racks you grow your orchids on.

Any sturdy plastic can be used for trays. We used poly tubing attached to each tray ,that drains one in to another and then to a floor drain outside.

Space saving wire walls
By Sandra Billeter at 2006-05-19 19:26

y husband and I have become addicted to orchids in the usual way. You buy one, then another and another and another, etc. We also went through the normal stages of growing them. You start on a window sill and then add humidity trays until your window sill is full and then you get a Baker’s Rack for more room. Then you need grow lights because the plants are too far from the window and then you start separating plants on their light requirements. We got to the stage where we had 3 Baker’s Racks in two different rooms with grow lights in both rooms. There were home made humidity trays on each shelf and we even hung many of them outside in the summer on chains suspended from the eaves of the house. Then we built a greenhouse and our space problems were solved, right? There were three 8 x 3 foot benches and two 14 foot hanging rods. It took us about 15 months to get to the point where we questioned the statement that “there is always room for one more orchid”. Well, we certainly weren’t going to stop buying orchids and you just don’t sell or give away your “children”, so we had a problem to solve. I saw several pictures in the AOS Orchids magazine of grower’s greenhouses where they had constructed vertical wire walls or cylinders made of wire where you could hang orchids. So, I asked my husband to see if he couldn’t make something similar that we could

Why Patent Orchids ?
By glen at 2006-05-17 17:43

ifteen years ago almost all orchids plants were sold either as very nice gifts from florists or to hobbyist orchid growers from orchid specific nurseries. The volumes of orchids sold were relatively low in general and the quantity of a single variety was in the hundreds. Since 1988 we have seen orchids featured in Hollywood movies, on the sets of talk shows, and just about everywhere people gather indoors in an upscale atmosphere. They have truly become ubiquitous.
In the process of becoming so popular, orchids are now sold in home improvement stores, grocery stores, flea markets, and just about any other place you can imagine that has lots of people walking through. This demand was more than the typical orchid nursery could sustain. Most orchid nurseries were vertically integrated. By this, I mean that they did their own hybridizing, seed germination, flasking, growing young plants and finally growing larger plants to flowering. Vertical integration can work well if you are a small company with limited production of proprietary varieties, and closely managed with a secure retail customer base. When the numbers of plants start to increase to the millions it becomes a very difficult problem to manage. Now, most aspects of the orchid production are done by specialists in their particular fields. Hybridizers spend most of their time and energy on hybridizing and selecting plants that will be mass produced. Laboratories deal exclusively with the seed germination and flasking along with cloning of very high quality plants. Young plant specialists deal with the process of taking the plants from the in-vitro state (in flask) to the in-vivo state (in the nursery environment), and then there are the finishers who bring the plants to flowering. Each party to this program does what he or she does best and doesn’t get bogged down with aspects of production with which they are less likely to be successful. In 1998 the United States Department of Agriculture, who keep statistics on ornamental horticulture production within the United States didn’t even recognize orchids as a category. In 2000 the United States Department of Agriculture ranked orchids as the second most valuable ornamental horticultural crop in the United States. Quite a jump, from obscurity to number two in just a few years!

Explore the Outdoors!
By Heather at 2006-05-15 21:18

ith summertime fast approaching, many orchid hobbyists may be wondering how to acclimate their plants to outdoor growing conditions. Orchids can thrive growing outdoors in the summertime. Plants grow better from extra light available, higher humidity, better air circulation, and a greater day-night temperature differential. However, there are some things to consider when transitioning plants to their new seasonal home.

Flora's Orchids
By Tindomul at 2006-04-25 14:32

lora's Orchids with Consultants Ned Nash and Isobyl La Croix. This book is endorsed by the American Orchid Society, and with good reason. With 355 pages, not including index, you get 1,300 all color photos of orchids, and descriptions of 1,500. This book's pictures are amazing! I love them.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids
By Marty at 2006-04-22 22:22
An encyclopedia of Orchids. One of the best reference books. At $25, it's hard to beat. Packed with beautiful photos. It's A-Z of specie orchids.

Eliminating terrarium pests
By Marty at 2006-03-30 22:35

ecessity, mother of invention. Below is a description of a method I came up with after my vivarium got heavily infested with millipedes. This will most likely apply to any pests. Read on, you might find it useful. This was my 90gal diamond shaped prior to the Operation Jungle Fever . Millipedes got so bad that I could count hundreds of them crawling all over the tank...it was disgusting!!! I did not want to rip my tank apart because I sunk a lot of work and money into making the background and water features, foggers, lights, etc. I embedded tubes and wires in the background, plus things were healthy and well rooted and growing beautifully. I wanted to kill only millipedes and a few slugs, but nothing else. Pesticides and chemicals were out of the questions, since I kept dart frogs in the tank. Eventually they would go back into the tank. I started experimenting with carbon dioxide - CO2. It is heavier then air, thus easy to put into a tank. Any bug will eventually need air, so I figured it will die without any oxygen... Plants love CO2. After the procedure the tank would just need to be vented for a little bit to replace the air. Seemed there would be no downside!

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