What's the "right light"? Optimal light intensity for different genera and species of orchids has been an ongoing question and quest of our orchid culture. Over the years, I have continually experimented and refined the placement of orchids indoors under LED grow lights, and outdoors in several … [Read more...] about Finding the “right light”: growing areas and the art of orchid placement
Orchid Growing Areas
I love to imagine and create new and better spaces for my orchids to inhabit. I am constantly observing to see how I can improve growing conditions. We hope that our ideas and solutions will help other orchid growers with small collections design effective, attractive, and abundant growing spaces.
Lighting options for indoor orchid growing, both for supplemental seasonal light sources and for year-round growing areas, have evolved in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Indoor horticulture and agriculture are being radically transformed by the availability of high quality light from … [Read more...] about A new lighting option for indoor orchid growing: T5 HO LED replacements for fluorescent grow lights
For a number of years, my handheld light meter puzzled me when it came to indoor orchid growing with fluorescent lights. I used it to adjust the height of lights above my Phalaenopsis, only to see the leaves redden up notably at just 600 footcandles (fc) on the light meter. That should be quite a … [Read more...] about More than footcandles and lux: new ways to think about indoor orchid growing with LED lights
When we built our second shadehouse, one of the design challenges was what to use for growing benches. We have visited a number of greenhouses, large and small, and have seen a few great configurations. But what would work for our situation -- a relatively small shadehouse (6' x 8') that would … [Read more...] about Affordable, flexible benches and growing spaces for hanging mounted orchids both indoors and outdoors
Once upon a time, after wishing for more quality Paphiopedilum seedlings, we rubbed the magic eBay lantern, and a flask of Paphiopedilum fairrieanum arrived at our house. Not content with one wish, we kept wishing, and more flasks of Paphiopedilum species appeared in the coming year. One shelf of … [Read more...] about LED lights for orchids: our Paphiopedilum seedling growing area