Just as much as I enjoy looking at photos of others’ plants, I like it when people post photos of their “grow area” or “growing setup.” I’m often blown away by other growers’ creativity and ability to adapt their unique environments to accommodate beautiful plants that require different growing conditions.
I just took that pic in December of 2014 and already I’ve changed some things around. I’m working on upgrading my lighting to 4foot long fluorescent tubes (you’ll notice a 2ft fixture from my previous, smaller grow rack. You can find these adjustable metal shelving units at any home improvement store and sometimes they have great sales. The one in the picture cost approximately $50-60 on sale and is located in my basement.
The white material around 3 sides is called “Panda Film,” and can be found from many different home improvement and online hydroponic retailers. The manufacturer reports that it reflects 90% of the light. The other side of the panda film is black (hence the name…) and does a great job of preventing the light from diffusing.
I was able to locate the white plant trays from an online retailer. I prefer the white trays to the black ones because they supposedly do not get as warm, and will help reflect more light. They also just look nicer to me. I have 4 trays on each shelf rather than one large tray to accommodate plants that require differentwatering techniques.
Pay no attention to the dead looking D. burmannii in the front right. He’s playing possum. He’s returned from the dead twice now after flowering and is on his 3rd comeback. He just wants attention.
You’ll also see some of my Tillandsia in that shot.
That’s all for now. As you can see I’ve got PLENTY of room to expand and gradually make the needed improvements. I do not use any fans/humidifiers. The conditions in my basement seem to stay within recommended values. Temperatures fluctuate from 50F-75F, and relative humidity can very between 30%-80%. On very cold nights (I’m in Zone 5!) I place a piece of “Mylar Bubble Wrap” across the front of my plant collection to keep out any drafts coming in from the garage and this works well.