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 Going beyond footcandles and lux: new ways to think about indoor orchid growing with LED lights
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.
As we know, innovation is often born of necessity. And an expanding orchid collection. The winter of 2016-2017 was one of the wettest -- and coldest -- that we have seen at our location in many years. We had sub-freezing nights from late November to mid March, with lows regularly dropping into … [Read more...] about The Indoor Sun: Growing orchids under high intensity white-light LEDs
Winter in our house is a time of reckoning for Phalaenopsis roots. For several years, I struggled with a "boom" and "bust" cycle in my growing of Phals -- expansive root growth, leaves, and flowering, followed by a winter decline and a cycle of repotting to clean up decaying roots. I'm writing … [Read more...] about A small warm growing area using fluorescent lights: four key features for great growing results
In Part 1 of this article on humidity for orchids, I described how artificially raising humidity has emerged as a new need over recent years in my San Francisco Bay area growing area. After the summer of 2016, I became concerned that one of my larger Vandas was suffering from inadequate humidity, … [Read more...] about Part 2: The quest for indoor humidity for orchids: creating a small, practical cloud forest
Humidity in my growing areas used to be something I didn't think about much -- and took for granted. In this article, I would like to share my humidity-enhancing solutions for a small collection. If you have a larger collection and fully equipped greenhouse, then you probably don’t need this … [Read more...] about Part 1: The quest for outdoor humidity for orchids: solutions from California drought, fire weather, and climate change
When we built our second shadehouse, one of the design challenges was what to use for growing benches? I've 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