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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 22, 2011
1:03 AM

Post #8323590

Hi. This is my new orchidarium. I have some new begonia purchases in it for now.
I plan to use it mostly to hold begonias that need high humidity and for propagation of various other plants.
As it stands I can only get a humidity of 65% max.
I would like to know if I need a higher percentage for terrarium begonias?
Also. One of the plants it supposed to be Benitochiba. Does it look like it is?

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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 22, 2011
1:04 AM

Post #8323591

Close-up

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8323706

Yes, that is Benitochiba. It often defoliates in winter so don't get alarmed and water it too much when it does this.

Humidity in a container is a double edged sword - initially plants grow like crazy and they can stay perfect without any more water for weeks. What you have to watch for is rot and leaf drop. Leaf drop can cause mold to take hold and then it in turn can spread to the healthy leaves. If you vent to remove the excess moisture and forget to close it back up the container can quickly dry out causing damage as well. It can be a vicious cycle but other folks have it figured out.

Here is a picture of one terrarium of a club member. She has hundreds of tanks, bowls, and humidity domes. Her basement is packed as well as her enclosed porch and a bedroom (hard to walk in there).

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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 22, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8324388

Thanks, Butch. I think that is exactly what happened to my soli-mutata. It was pretty and then just went to ugly with rotting leaves. It isn't dead but not sure how it will come out. I did spray it with Captan the other day.
So, 65% is about right?
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

January 23, 2011
9:31 AM

Post #8325834

oooo, butch, which begonia is the one in the middle with the smaller leaves? That's gorgeous!
GAgirl1066
Blackshear, GA

January 23, 2011
9:33 AM

Post #8325836

wabbit,
I love the orchidarium, where di you find that?

Butch, do you have more success with the rex begonias, rooting with the leaves or just cutting a portion of the plant.?
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8325862

GAgirl, I got mine here.

http://www.orchidarium.com/index.htm
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8325942

GAgirl, I usually don't have enough rhizome to cut for rexes so 95% of my rexes are done by leaf. They are usually the easiest to root anyway.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2011
4:41 PM

Post #8326443

Killdawabbit, I've had the Grand Cayman orchidarium for several years and with 2 bubble stones the humidity gets into the mid 70's. If I'm spraying my vandas it gets into the 80's for a short while. How many bubble stones did yours come with and can you add more to increase the humidity if needed?
Shifty
Rochester, NY
(Zone 5b)

January 23, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8326469

which orchidarium did you get???? I like the size of yours, is it the Bimini? They look a little different on the web site.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2011
5:10 PM

Post #8326491

The Maui.I really like it.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2011
1:54 AM

Post #8327014

Update...humidity is up to 69%. :-) Should I be smiling, Butch?
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8328664

Sounds like it is getting a bit humid there. A lot prettier than a fish tank too (although it is a lot of money!)

B. masoniana var. 'Tri-color' in a 16 inch salad bowl (lid removed).

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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2011
10:37 AM

Post #8329612

Yea, it was expensive. I bought it for my mother when she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's. I found out soon she doesn't like anything.
I had it in the box for about six months and finally got around to setting it up last week.
So, 60-something percent is enough?
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8329762

What is a good number? Depends on the plant. For tropical rain forest plants the higher the better (90%?) while according to the literature I am reading even succulents don't like it bone dry but do prefer lower humidity (30%). When I've been in some large commercial greenhouses and conservatories it is so humid in there that I feel like I need a change of clothes after a few minutes of just walking about and even worse - downright nauseous if it is hot too!

Sorry to hear about your mother.

http://gardenline.usask.ca/plants/humidity.html

killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8329958

Thanks, for the link.
looking_glass1
College Park, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2011
6:46 AM

Post #8333002

Butch the Post #8323706 is that at Jan's basement?

hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8333146

Yes it is.

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