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A Big Terrarium - Inside a Greenhouse

Thought I'd share photos of a greenhouse orchid display I built last Fall. It's about 8'Lx3'Hx2'D. There is a water feature and a small 'pond', but the main attraction is the epiphytic orchids, of course.


Below are photos of the construction and finished work.

The gray/black material is polyurethane spray foam (Handi-Foam) and polyethylene foam. The foam in this sequence is sculpted, coated with tinted non-toxic epoxy (#1319, Polygem brand) and coarse sand, then lightly painted.












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The Background is polyurethane foam that was carved, then coated with black silicone (acetic acid solvent). To the freshly applied silicone, a mix of Medium Tree Fern Fiber, Fine Fir Bark, Fine Activated Charcoal, Ground Sphagnum, and Peat is firmly pressed. The same mix of ingredients is used for the terrestrial substrate, as well, but heavier on the course material.












The first plants added were bromeliads/Tillandsias and a small tree fern (Bechnum gibbum, I think). The orchids, other epiphytes, terrestrials, and aquatics were added over the course of about two days.



















After a little time acclimating and water clearing (got to love the loose clay in Fluorite!):























The front faces east and there is supplemental lighting above, consisting of 2 48" 2X65W CF, 2 6,700K & 2 10,000K bulbs. There is also a small 13W (I think) spiral CF behind the buttress.

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That is the coolest!!

Good show man!
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Taken about two months after completion:






































A short, two part video tour:

Videos :: VidTour_1.flv video by GneissRox - Photobucket


Videos :: VidTour_2.flv video by GneissRox - Photobucket

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And I took a few more photos this week. The warmth and brightness of spring has brought about a good deal of change to the display, especially the water feature. Those shots were taken after a little dredging of the salvinia, moss, penny wort, and algae.



































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That is the coolest!!

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Thanks!

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My grandma would die of happiness if you dropped it in her back yard.
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Nice setup! Though I do have to say, that Sarracenia psittacina doesn't look good. I'd move it to a proper set up.
Also, where'd that Drosera capensis go?
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That is completely crazy! I want one real bad. Does it get just sunlight, or sunlight and artificial light?

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My grandma would die of happiness if you dropped it in her back yard.
LOL Thanks, I'll take that as a compliment. I guess you're grandma is an orchid enthusiast?

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Nice setup! Though I do have to say, that Sarracenia psittacina doesn't look good. I'd move it to a proper set up.
Also, where'd that Drosera capensis go?
Did I mention this is in a greenhouse? The owner has multiples of everything - I'm not a CP buff, I'm more interested in epiphytic aroids and such - so we just tried things out in the 'micro bog' for kicks. I think the pitcher is still ok for now, but we removed the sundew. I almost used a couple Cephalotus!

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That is completely crazy! I want one real bad. Does it get just sunlight, or sunlight and artificial light?

Thanks, it has an eastern exposure, part of which is through a shade cloth I believe, and there are some CFs above; 6,700 & 10K.

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wow, that is spectacular!

My mom is a huge orchid fanatic and she would love to have something like this.

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Hahaha My grandmother and my orchids are incredibly jealous!!!

Love it! Give us more please!!! As if these aren't enough lol Thanks for sharing.

Am I the really not the only one who had a grandmother turn him on to orchids?

(haha your name is funny)
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What is this plant? It makes me think of a salvinia that decided to grow out of your pond!

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