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I have a 500 watt HID fixture (250 MH plus 250 HPS) set up in my kitchen plus a fogger and a/c. Not having achieved spectacular results with all of this climate management, I'm phasing out the ac, and reducing fogger output to hit around 50-60 during the day, less at night. Mainly interested in growing standard unifoliate cattleyas, which I think would be happier with twice the light. Shorter bifoliates invariably perform better for me.

Most important lessons to date: Keep it simple, and balance the demands of the orchid hobby with the rest of my life.

List of current orchids (greatly reduced, in keeping with above lesson):

Phal. schilleriana
Paph. venustum
Blc. George King 'Serendipity'
Blc. Tampico 'Far Island'
Lc. Mildred Rives 'Orchidglade'
Lc. Mini Purple 'Lea' x C. violacea 'Muse'
Lc. Susan Holguin x Floralias Storm #3
Slc. Mile High Magic

I live in: United States

My zone is: z6 Manhattan

My favorite forum 1 is Orchids.

My favorite forum 2 is Orchid Gallery.

First registered on July 30, 2002 .