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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2012
9:16 PM

Post #9001259

Decided to tear down a fish tank (well ... the seam had sprung a leak) and set up a terrarium for some of my favorite orchids. Took exactly 5 hours and 15 minutes to set up. All I need now is the cork background, and a fogger/ misting system and of course some sort of insect/ amphibian to go with it! I plan to get a trio of poison dart frogs (only worry is that they could damage the orchids) or a pair of orchid mantis. At this moment, I'm leaning towards the latter.

What do you all think so far?!

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2012
9:21 PM

Post #9001267

Plant list:

Dendrophylax lindenii
Sophronitis Coccinea
Tolumnia 'Genting Angel' (X2)
Psychopsiella limminghei
Dendrophylax funalis
NOID masdevallia

The only other thing I might add a bulbophyllum moniliforme once the weather warms up to place an order.

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dyzzypyxxy

dyzzypyxxy
Sarasota, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #9001641

That's gorgeous, Franco. Well done! Are the little Ghost orchids still hanging on, ok? You've created a great looking little jungle there for them.

I've got several Tolumnias, they're really great little plants, and bloom easily and generously. FYI, the two in the right hand pic came from Lowe's for $7. They may even be at your Lowe's too, as they were being sold indoors in the tropical plants area.

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2012
12:53 PM

Post #9001948

There are 14 little ghosts amongst all that spanish moss, all still alive and well. I absolutely love tolumnia but have NEVER seen them at my lowes or HD. I got the one I have (and divided it) online for 20$ ... It wasn't even in spike at the time.

I want more but can't justify spending 20$ on an orchid that I have seen go for 7$ elsewhere.
hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9002200

That looks like a nice piece of grape vine there Franco. It is treasured around these parts. Nice job overall. It looks great.

Jim
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9003008

Did a little more re-arranging. I think im happy with it now!

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9003028

Didn't realize that pic came out a little blurry ...
Here's a clearer shot.

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 6, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9032475

Time for a small update! The terrarium is coming together rather nice. All it's missing is a Lepanthes calodictyon and It'll be "complete"

Plant list:
Dendrophlax funalis
Dendrophylax lindenii
Max. sophronitis
Max. variabilis
Psychopsiella limminghei
Sophronitis coccinea
Tolumnia Genting Angel
... and Spanish Moss

Not sure if I want an insect or amphibian companion yet. I might just leave it be with only orchids.

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 6, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #9032497

Franco, I think it would be wise to skip the critters. They require fresh water and food, plus they might either tear up or eat your orchids.
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9082819

Time for some updates! (Sorry for my temporary MIA, I had some personal issues come up at the same time my DG subscription expired!) I've got many new plants in the terrarium along with good news as for the ghosts!

Since the last update I've removed a couple plants and added others. The current list consists of:

Dendrophlax funalis
Dendrophylax lindenii
Max. sophronitis
Psychopsiella limminghei
Sophronitis coccinea
Tolumnia 'Genting Angel'
Sophronitis cernua
Bulbophyllum monolilforme
Chiloschista segawae
Tolumnia velutinum
... and Spanish Moss

And *drumroll please* the Dendrophylax (Polyrrhiza) lindenii all have nice green root tips! Some are even beginning to attach to the mounts!

Now for the pictures!

Full terrarium shot:

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9082821

Bulb monolilforme:
Look at how tiny this bugger is compared to the spanish moss.

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9082824

Dendrophylax funalis:
with a little green nub emerging from the center spoke.


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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
8:10 PM

Post #9082825

Chiloschista segawae:

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Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2012
8:12 PM

Post #9082828

Dendrophylax (Polyrrhiza) lindenii:
this is just one of the mounts with about 10 individual plants on it. There are other plants mounted on the big wood pieces doing just as well.

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hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2012
5:54 AM

Post #9083045

Very interesting project, Franco. I'm sure most of us will enjoy what is to come. Good growing!

Jim

dyzzypyxxy

dyzzypyxxy
Sarasota, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9083132

That's an amazing little slice of jungle you've created there, Franco. Way to take care of those touchy little 'chids!

Can't wait to see how it goes through the summer!

Elaine
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2012
2:13 PM

Post #9083659

Thanks Elaine! I hope i can get some blooms. On a side note, my spathoglottis has sprouted about 10 new growths!
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9126221

The terrarium is slowly progressing along! I've added a few orchids, and took a few out, and just yesterday decided to mount some ferns.
What do you all think?

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hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 16, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9126249

It looks like you have constructed a tropical habitat in the middle of New Jersey. It looks very lush and I think the orchids will love it. Good job!

Jim
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2012
2:01 PM

Post #9126267

Thank you! Here are a couple more pictures ...

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dyzzypyxxy

dyzzypyxxy
Sarasota, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 16, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #9126313

It's really neat, Franco. Those ghosts look really fat and sassy. If they don't bloom they are being lazy!
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #9127368

I sure hope so! I'm going on 6 ghosts. A friend of mine got me a blooming sized lindenii for my graduation gift. I just about screamed when he told me. That'll be here sometime next week.

On another note ... this little guy arrived today after a long trip all the way from Ecuador:
Lepanthes calodictyon

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 17, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9127673

You're really getting some unusual ones! Who (but an orchid geek) would ever guess that Lepanthes calodictyon was an orchid? Not an impressive flower, but oh those leaves! Great find!
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

May 18, 2012
3:22 AM

Post #9128022

Ohhh Franco you are too much...LOL !!!! I really like how the terrarium has turned out. On another note; I've been up since 5:30 am. So excited for Redlands !!!!!!!!
Franco24
Hammonton, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 22, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #9133890

My new Dendrophylax lindenii has arrived!
This is a well established NBS plant; hopefully i'll see some flowers in the near future.

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