Every student who is involved in the orchid project is allocated a genus of plants to look after. The more time you give to the orchid project the more plants you get to look after. I have been with the project 2 ½ years now and spend time before school, break time, lunch time, and after school down in the greenhouse or up in the lab. As a result of this I have great fun and get to look after Prosthecheas, Encyclias, and Sophronitis. I am going to give you a short over view of some of my plants over the next week or so. Keep looking and you can learn about my plants.
Many people ask us what temperatures we grow our orchids at and what sort of plants we keep in which section, so I thought I would let you all know.
Warm Asia is the hottest of our greenhouses, with a temperature zone from 20 – 33 degrees C, and our vents open at 26 degrees. It is home to mainly Dendrobiums, Vandas, and Paphiopedilums.
Warm America has a temperature zone from 18 – 33 degrees C, and our vents open at 25 degrees. It is home to mainly Prosthecheas, Cattleyas, and Stanhopeas.
Cool America has a temperature zone from 12 – 28 degrees C, and our vents open at 22 degrees. It is home to mainly Masdevallias, Oncidiums, and Laellias.
Cool Asia has a temperature zone from 10 – 28 degrees C, and our vents open at 17 degrees. It is home to mainly Coelogynes, Dendrobiums, and Cymbidiums.
Temperate Sub-Tropical is out coolest section with a temperature zone from 4 – 26 degrees C, and our vents open at 7 degrees. It is home to mainly Pleiones and Disas.
The Micro-propagation Lab
The micro-propagation lab is kept around 23 degrees C, and is home to all of the orchids in flack. We grow a lot of orchids from seed so our lab is very full as you can see from this picture.
In the middle of the greenhouses is a classroom which is used in many ways. It is used for classes to come and learn the techniques of micro-propagation of orchids. Also it is the main base of greenhouse club. It is where we all meet at lunch time and after school.
The about page has now been refurbished and is now fully functional. It now has information about the temperature of our greenhouses and links to out project pages. Take a look to find out all about us.
keep watching the seedling portfolio page, we are updating it. Hopefuly it should be done for the london show.
The section of the greenhouses we call Temperate/sub tropical has turned flat! By which I mean that there is very little plant action above the compost. We keep a minimum of just 4 degrees celcius in this part of the greenhouse so most of the plants lose their leaves in the winter and come back in the spring. The newly repotted Pleiones are just beginning to show above the compost and the Stenoglottis are sprouting their new growths so it wont be long before this section is full of leaves and flowers again.