Orchids forum: September Moving Back Inside at boojum's

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Sep 19, 2010 2:54 PM CST
I have started to set up my indoor "greenhouse" due to cool temperatures at night.
Here is a cloudy day early morn pic of my waiting room as a before pic.
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Vandas and spiked plants are temporarily placed for a cold night.
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Here's my storage room with plant stuff, etc. The backpack sprayer on the floor is what I use to fertilize. And the linoleum and trays on alert!
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The door to the patio is now locked and the shower curtain pulled. This signifies my commitment to set up!!
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The trays are unofficially below the shelves. Today I will put down linoleum everywhere and decide where to place the shelves and trays. The big windows allow southern light. And the door is western light.
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There are 3 small fans and a ceiling fan for ventilation but I think this year I will get one more fan since they seem to discourage bugs. That Euphoria x lomi is a gift from Ursula.
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The big question is: Are all of these going to fit?????? It never seems possible!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 19, 2010 3:22 PM CST

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Well, I am following the proceedings! I am glad you are showing your process of moving in too!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Sep 19, 2010 3:28 PM CST
So today my son and grandson came over to help in the garden and we also set up a good chunk of the room.
First they went on the window out of the way.
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The linoleum went down. The shelves were put in place. And the trays placed under the shelves.
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With the shower curtains in place, I could move the plants over to the former clothes rack and shelves.
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Meanwhile I started a bit in the waiting room.
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The other shelves are temporarily set.
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And now we could water (a few toes and lots of roots).
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 19, 2010 5:21 PM CST

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Looking good! Thumbs up And I sure like your nice helper. Smiling ( Picturing Jake a few years from now....)
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Sep 19, 2010 5:50 PM CST
Thanks for making the thread, Kathy.
How adorable. An orchid enthusiast in the making!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Sep 19, 2010 6:48 PM CST
I hope so! At this point, he's a serious blueberry picker!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Sep 20, 2010 7:23 PM CST
So with threat of frost and some time between clients and doctor appts I started to move my hoyas inside so I could free up the shelves.
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Oh no there's a hoya peduncle with buds embedded in the screen on top! No worries! I managed to gently coax it through the tiny holes. Then I moved all the hoyas in and DBF took a walk around the barn with the shelves for me.
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Here they are in place and starting to get filled. I also emptied the tables of laelias to the cold room and brought in the tables from outside.
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Oops! Forgot the leaky window. I need to plastic it on both sides before any more orchids come in. My son arrived to mow and I asked him to get window plastic. Then he helped me get it sealed inside and out.
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Then I had some clients and as soon as they left we went to work. My son brought them in and I found places to put them. The place was teaming with orchids on every surface!
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I was stressed and declared it the chocolate time of day.
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I carried all the cool growers up to the cool room and took off for a doctor's appt. When I came back I moved the phal rack from here to here.
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And the final pics....I'll be up extra early tomorrow (5:30AM) so I'll have time to get used to the new routine. Still have the cyms to move in.
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New shelves for little guys.
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Sep 20, 2010 7:29 PM CST
Looks beautiful, Kathy!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 20, 2010 8:04 PM CST

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What a day you had, busy busy!! Looks good!! Thumbs up And I like the "Chocolate time of day"!
I am glad you got everything inside or protected.
I see you like those cleaner racks too (or whatever they are). I find them very useful and picked up another one this year. You can place small plants into the shelves and hangs things from them.
We have a place here called the Container store, they have all sorts of useful stacking shelves too.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Sep 20, 2010 8:08 PM CST
Thanks Janice! Most of my shelves are rusty. Shelf envy!!! Sad
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Sep 21, 2010 2:36 PM CST
Kathy- do you use grow lights when your orchids are inside?
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Sep 21, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Nope.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Sep 25, 2010 10:51 PM CST
I forgot to show the wall. The tables are now in and the shade cloth removed. Fall is here!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 26, 2010 6:51 AM CST

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The wall looks so lonely now.... Blinking
I will make another push today to bring things in.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Oct 2, 2010 3:00 PM CST
So tonight is sposta be high 30s here. And the cyms are quite wet. So last night I vacuumed, cut off leaves and moved all the hippeastrums down to my storage area, moved my porch shelves inside and brought in the rest of the houseplants, and swept the porch. Today I fertilized all the orchids and moved the cymbidiums all to the porch where I can close the doors for freezing nights and open them for light during the day. They will lose the bright direct sun but last year this long cool period initiated a lot of spiking!!
My namesake watched me work.
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Houseplants on the first floor.
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Cymbidiums home for a month.
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I'm chuffed because my faberi has a baby spike!!
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Oct 2, 2010 5:01 PM CST
It's lookin good!
How wonderful that you have such an observant supervisor! Whistling
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Oct 2, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Hilarious!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Oct 3, 2010 1:46 PM CST
Lookin' good, Kathy! Lovey dubby
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
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Ursula
Oct 3, 2010 3:42 PM CST

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I agree! I am sure we will be seen a lot of blooming Cymbidiums..... Smiling
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Oct 3, 2010 6:25 PM CST
Fingers xed!

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