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Hi, Doug,

"That said, most plants are grown elsewhere during part of the year -
either outside or under lights." Yes, I thought perhaps this was the
case, especially with catasetums. I must say you have some wonderfully
grown plants. In gearing my commentary toward the novice, who may be
reading the thread, I am sorry I did not acknowledge the fact that you
had posted some really great pics.

.. . . Pam
Everything Orchid Management System
http://www.pe.net/~profpam/page3.html

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Douglas Bolt wrote:

Actually, the window in question
(http://www.boltassociates.com/Orchids-Kitchen/) faces south. The glass is
Low E type ( I don't know what effect this has on plant growth. Anyone
know??) and during winter months the glass is shaded with window screen from
about 16 inches down to the bottom. During the summer, the overhang on the
roof shades against direct sunlight.

That said, most plants are grown elsewhere during part of the year - either
outside or under lights.

doug bolt
Visit: http://www.boltassociates.com

profpam wrote:
The real question is: Is the kitchen window shady or sunny? If it is
always shady then a phalaenopsis would be the solution. If the
kitchen window is a little sunny, an oncidium would do best.
Oncidiums are not as fussy as most orchids and require good light in
order to bloom.

The problem with any sunny exposure is that you have to watch the
plant closely. There are are times during the year when the plant
will thrive and other times when the plant will fry. If the plant
starts to yellow then it may be exposed to too much sun.

Right now I have quite a number of orchids in my southern exposure
kitchen windows -- 5 vanda types in bloom, a couple of colmanaras, a
laeliocattleya and several other types. These are the same plants
that never seem to fail to bloom each year. But, taking them from the
greenhouse and then placing them in the house to open their buds can
be a real disaster for some types, which require constant humdity.

This is to say: There's a lot to growing orchids well: temperature,
light, humidity, water, fertilizer, and more. Make sure your
conditions are right for what you are trying to grow. While stress
has induced blossums, the long-term success of a particular species
relies on temperature, light, humidity, water, and more.



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Old 24-02-2003, 10:37 PM
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Default Orchids in the Kitchen window - Thanks for sharing your pics

Hi, Doug,

"That said, most plants are grown elsewhere during part of the year -
either outside or under lights." Yes, I thought perhaps this was the
case, especially with catasetums. I must say you have some wonderfully
grown plants. In gearing my commentary toward the novice, who may be
reading the thread, I am sorry I did not acknowledge the fact that you
had posted some really great pics.

.. . . Pam
Everything Orchid Management System
http://www.pe.net/~profpam/page3.html

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Douglas Bolt wrote:

Actually, the window in question
(http://www.boltassociates.com/Orchids-Kitchen/) faces south. The glass is
Low E type ( I don't know what effect this has on plant growth. Anyone
know??) and during winter months the glass is shaded with window screen from
about 16 inches down to the bottom. During the summer, the overhang on the
roof shades against direct sunlight.

That said, most plants are grown elsewhere during part of the year - either
outside or under lights.

doug bolt
Visit: http://www.boltassociates.com

profpam wrote:
The real question is: Is the kitchen window shady or sunny? If it is
always shady then a phalaenopsis would be the solution. If the
kitchen window is a little sunny, an oncidium would do best.
Oncidiums are not as fussy as most orchids and require good light in
order to bloom.

The problem with any sunny exposure is that you have to watch the
plant closely. There are are times during the year when the plant
will thrive and other times when the plant will fry. If the plant
starts to yellow then it may be exposed to too much sun.

Right now I have quite a number of orchids in my southern exposure
kitchen windows -- 5 vanda types in bloom, a couple of colmanaras, a
laeliocattleya and several other types. These are the same plants
that never seem to fail to bloom each year. But, taking them from the
greenhouse and then placing them in the house to open their buds can
be a real disaster for some types, which require constant humdity.

This is to say: There's a lot to growing orchids well: temperature,
light, humidity, water, fertilizer, and more. Make sure your
conditions are right for what you are trying to grow. While stress
has induced blossums, the long-term success of a particular species
relies on temperature, light, humidity, water, and more.


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Old 25-02-2003, 04:39 AM
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Pam,

Thanks for the kind words about the plants.

I sometimes wish a bit for a greenhouse, but then I shake myself and imagine
how many plants I'd pack into one. Then, I go back to paying the electric
bill to support my "under light" hobby lit by 24, 4 ft florescents and a
1000w metal halide. Most of the mature and larger plants spend from about
April to October outside under former sliding doors placed about 3 ft above
the plants to help control the amount of water and sun they get. It works
pretty well, but a greenhouse would offer more control. No plans to build
one, however.

doug bolt
Visit: http://www.boltassociates.com

profpam wrote:
Hi, Doug,

"That said, most plants are grown elsewhere during part of the year -
either outside or under lights." Yes, I thought perhaps this was the
case, especially with catasetums. I must say you have some
wonderfully grown plants. In gearing my commentary toward the
novice, who may be reading the thread, I am sorry I did not
acknowledge the fact that you had posted some really great pics.

. . . Pam
Everything Orchid Management System
http://www.pe.net/~profpam/page3.html






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