Project flask babies, an update

Dendrobium cyanocentrum v.blueSo a whole bunch of the little flask babies I ordered from Equatorial Plants last summer got to move out of the nursery this week. It was a pretty big job, but really fun to see how much the little guys have grown in about 9 months. It is almost like giving birth, well I am sure my dear sister would […]

By |April 26th, 2009|Flask babies, Projects|0 Comments

Nematode warfare… Karma: 1 — Sciaridae: 0

Yesterday I treated the entire apartment, well that was an overstatement, I treated all the flower pots, orchid pots and vivariums at least with nematodes. Waging war on the Sciaridae. I have not really seen any of them around the apartment, but they absolutely love my nano-vivarium and my flaskbaby nurseries (mini-greenhouses) where it is nice and warm and humid. But I took no chances and treated everything with the tiny biological predators, the nematodes […]

By |March 16th, 2009|A day in the life of...|18 Comments

Spring cleaning in the nano vivarium

Today was spring cleaning in the nano vivarium. I took the whole thing apart, cleaned out the watering system and polished the tube. To do that I had to lift out the whole EpiWeb wall/branch assembly which gave me a good opportunity to go over and inspect each plant since that is really hard to do when it is inside the […]

By |February 28th, 2009|A day in the life of...|2 Comments

My Leptotes unicolor orchid is blooming now

One of the mini orchids from O&M is bloming now in the nano. It came in bud so I cannot claim the honor, but it is quite lovely!!

Leptotes unicolor

By |December 6th, 2008|My orchids|0 Comments

Flask baby orchids status report

Orchid flask babiesThe flask baby project is progressing nicely… here you see the Phalaenopsis amboinensis babies.

The UK kids from Equatorial Plants are growing slowly… oh so slowly. For some you can see clear growth, especially Cattleya schilleriana and D. cyanocentrum. Even Paph. bellatulum and Phal. amboinensis (in the picture) are looking good, some are growing faster than others. Promenaea rollinsonii are […]

By |December 1st, 2008|Flask babies, Projects|0 Comments

Ta-da!! The new orchids are in!

Nano inspired orchid vivarium  Finally the mini orchids from O&M are in! Well some are perhaps not very mini… they may have to move out as soon as I get a larger growing cabinet. It was a big job but I am very happy wit the reslult! I am also thrilled to find that moss has started to grow on EW […]

By |November 22nd, 2008|My orchids, Projects|0 Comments

Learned something new, again!

Dendrobium cyanocentrum orchids and Cattleya schilleriana orchid babiesToday, I had to replant all my orchid flask babies. I learned that the aluminum baking trays I was usng for pots, when put in water on leca do not last… do not know what causes it, but the bottom is entirely “eroded”. Then of course, the moss is wicking up […]

By |November 16th, 2008|Flask babies, Projects|0 Comments

Minor adjustments

nano-orchidarium - second incarnationI have been debating weather I need to add some ventilation to the nano orchidarium… Most of the time RH is right at 100% and I am afraid I might get a problem with mold in the future. Right now the 80mm fan is set for 12V and is doing a great job, but once I get more orchids […]

By |November 16th, 2008|Projects|0 Comments

Finally… a shipping date for the mini orchids!

The mini-orchid order from Orchids & More has turned into somewhat of a farce… I wanted to get one quick last order in this season before it started getting to cold, and here we are 6 weeks later… Oh well. O&M are being nice about it so I am feeling good despite the wait. They are shipping out all new plants since they were the ones who got the address wrong the first […]

By |November 13th, 2008|A day in the life of...|0 Comments

An EPI(c) new plan

So I am a little disappointed over the functionality of the clay pipe actually… In my estimation it did not leech out a whole lot of water for the orchids, and what little did was promptly dried up by the fan. I turned the 80mm computer fan up to 12V since I saw that some mold had started to develop on the backside of the pipe. In any case, it was a fun experiment (thank […]

By |October 29th, 2008|Projects|0 Comments