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New Orchidarium

New Orchidarium

I set up a little orchidarium growout this afternoon in a 12 X 12 X 18 Exo Terra. Most of the plants are mounted on Pillbug Orchid Mounts. I included some common things and a few more interesting collector plants. The pink blooming plant is just a grocery store mini Phalaenopsis, but the flowers are pretty anyway. The other orchids are recent divisions, but I hope to see more flowers in a few months.







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Very nice! Thinking about doing something similar. I only have a couple mini phals, but they are growing like weeds outside and need to come in soon! Orchids don't do well in a mn winter.
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I plan to add some more plants to this setup. I should be able to fit several more in there.
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I plan to add some more plants to this setup. I should be able to fit several more in there.
Have you had a lot of experience with the pill bug setups?
I'm really new at these mini ones and never heard of them. Do they work well? My minis are due for a repotting.
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Have you had a lot of experience with the pill bug setups?
I'm really new at these mini ones and never heard of them. Do they work well? My minis are due for a repotting.
The Pillbugs work great! The Small size is good for a lot of mini orchids. What plants do you have?
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Those pictures are beautiful, can I ask what camera you used to take them.
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Thanks! I'm not really much of a photographer, but I do OK. That is just our old Olympus DSLR.
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Very nice!!!!

What species do you have mounted?

My collection took a real hammering over the winter. The place I bought 90% of it from changed hands last year and the new owners are just a horror show. Ended up with the worst mealybug infestation I've ever been through.

Is that an exoterra mini? I think I have the same one that I attached a cork slab to the back of. I'm still noodling how to set the whole thing up. I found a sleek little piece of manzanita branch for it.

What lighting do you have over it? I'm assuming you have a little PC fan above it too?

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Yeah mealybugs are the worst. I've never had them on orchids. About the only way to kill mealybugs is the squash them one by one. Most pesticides can't ever touch them because they have that waxy cottony coating that repels water.

This is the 12 X 12 X 18 Exo Terra and it just has the matching Exo Terra light hood with CFL bulb. Very simple. There is a 60mm case fan and you can see it up at the top left.
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I made this picture with numbered key. Most of the plants are orchids and other epiphytes on Pillbug mounts, but I also have some net pots with a few cool plants. The plants clockwise starting from lower left are as follows:
  1. Ficus sp. "lance leaf"
  2. a pleurothallid (?) I lost tag.
  3. Davallia parvula - my favorite fern!
  4. Maxillaria uncata
  5. Stelis jamesonii
  6. Restrepia guttulata - blooming again soon
  7. Phalaenopsis var. - mass-produced, grocery store phal.
  8. Lemmaphyllum microphyllum - easy mini fern.
  9. Polypodium virginianum - native fern that does well in terrarium.
  10. Epidendrum porpax
  11. Pleurothallis sertuloides - fast-growing mini pleurothallid.
  12. Peperomia sp. ‘Baños, Ecuador’
  13. Cunninghamia lanceolata - conifer tree, seems to do well in terrariums.
  14. Elaphoglossum peltatum - very cool fern.
  15. Polystichum setiferum - evergreen fern that can grow big, testing.
  16. Peliosanthes kaoi - unusual plant from Taiwan





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The stuff that makes a grown man smile never ceases to amaze as the year's roll by.
Giving me idea's, and for that I thank the OP.
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Giving me idea's, and for that I thank the OP.
Hey I'm glad you like it!

This is a very simple growout setup. Nothing too special.
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Hi Hydrophyte,
What lovely plants! I always enjoy seeing your setups, though I rarely comment.

Question for you: I'm in the process of setting up a riparium of sorts, and I made an impulse purchase of a pot of Lemmaphyllum microphyllum at a nursery. Is it well suited to growing on wood above the waterline? Any special needs (high humidity, light requirement, etc.)?
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Thanks so much!

Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is actually an epipyhtic plants, so it grows on trees. It would probably start to rot if kept very moist, but if you mount it up high enough so that it doesn't wick a lot of water it will probably grow OK.

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Hi Hydrophyte,
What lovely plants! I always enjoy seeing your setups, though I rarely comment.

Question for you: I'm in the process of setting up a riparium of sorts, and I made an impulse purchase of a pot of Lemmaphyllum microphyllum at a nursery. Is it well suited to growing on wood above the waterline? Any special needs (high humidity, light requirement, etc.)?
Regards,
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I really would love to make a mini living wall of epiphytes above my tanks... unfortunately I know nothing about growing things that aren't underwater or in a garden. Would any of these plants be a possibility for a hypothetical medium-low light, moderate humidity setup? Or am I biting off more than I can chew?
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