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    The Never Ending Story - the Evolution of a Growing Space

    Gang,

    After I was working on my grow shelf some this past week I went back and found some old photos of the "evolution" of my growing area. I thought this might be fun as a walk down memory lane, since I didn't post a ton of photos as I made improvements/modifications to my growing area.

    For informational purposes, for my job I am provided an apartment on campus where I work. This doesn't leave me much in terms of opportunity to grow outside or get a greenhouse (hence why I mainly grow tropical plants). I could try outside, but with the 150 college students that walk by my outside door day and night, I am hesitant because of the potential "fertilizers" that may end up on my pots...

    In this apartment, I first started with a windowsill. Obviously not adequate enough space or lighting for my needs, I quickly converted one of my storage areas above a closet in my guest bedroom to a "growing area," such as it was. I used some vendor boxes and rested some 4' shoplight fixtures on them (not even attached to anything).



    Obviously, not sufficient enough space or access (since I had to stand on a chair to get above the closet to water and admire).

    I finally caught my wife in a great mood while at Lowe's and bought the shelving unit that many people use. I bought some more shoplight fixtures and setup for two shelves.



    Now that several of my Nepenthes have matured and grown (both horizontally and vertically, I needed more space. So over the past week I've been converting them to larger pots, and hanging them from the upper shelf. This takes up considerably more space, and hopefully sometime this summer I'll add another shelf of lighting. I had to move the upper shelf up, too. I'm thinking of hanging my pot of U. humoldtii if I can make it happen!


    From left to right: N. Red Dragon, N. Kohala, N. Sabre, N. alata "boshiana mimic", N. truncata, and N. Black Dragon.
    Thanks for the pictures, Josh! lol. I just had to throw it in since I haven't gotten it hung, yet.

    Now, because of the space limitations, I've had to stack some pots... I forgot to buy a couple more pots to hang my N. Red Dragon and N. Caesar, so once I do that, I should have a little more space.



    And just some group shots after the rearranging:




    Thanks for looking. Can't wait for a few years from now so I can post the assembly of a greenhouse.

    Next on the "to-do" list:
    • Add two more lights to current shelves;
    • Add another shelf of lighting;
    • Mylar siding; and,
    • More plants.


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    Wow Xvart! You have really come a LONG way from when you first started with your above the closet setup. You really have an amazing collection, and someday I wish to have one as big and nice as yours. Right now I've just got my Sanguina and Ventricosa, and hopefully a Maxima if my cutting survives. How long has it been from your first setup until what you have now?

    Zach

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    Looking good bud! About time you upgraded (aka about time your wife was in a good mood? hehe) Any guesses on when the next "catch" will be? 3years? also, that spray bottle you have... (the clear one with flowers around it and a yellow spray head) has got to be the best one ever! I've been using that bottle for like 4 years, while others only last months...
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    Great improvements xvart. I have some extra mylar if your interested, should have enough to cover the back and sides.

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    WOW. Looking good JC!!! And you have a Caesar too!!! Wow!! That is going to become a monster bro! I want a cutting when it basils

    Looking good none the less! Exactly the types of shelves I want to use when I setup shop. So any recommendations on setup would be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPEnthusiast View Post
    Wow Xvart! You have really come a LONG way from when you first started with your above the closet setup. You really have an amazing collection, and someday I wish to have one as big and nice as yours. Right now I've just got my Sanguina and Ventricosa, and hopefully a Maxima if my cutting survives. How long has it been from your first setup until what you have now?

    Zach
    Hi Zach - thanks! Yes, it certainly has evolved. Where there's a will, there's a way! It's been about a year and a half since I moved from the closet. It really is funny after talking to lots of people and the way we rearrange our lives to accomodate our needs and wants for these plants. I remember after setting up those lights in the closet, standing on a dining room chair, and thinking, "man, this is the coolest thing since sliced bread!" lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by CPEnthusiast View Post
    You really have an amazing collection, and someday I wish to have one as big and nice as yours.
    I wouldn't necessarily say big, but thanks anyways. With space constraints, it's all about finding and trading for the plants that are most satisfying. You know, the plants that complete me as a person, lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Any guesses on when the next "catch" will be? 3years?
    lol, yeah who knows. I think as long as I keep doing it in small pieces I can get away with anything...

    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    also, that spray bottle you have... (the clear one with flowers around it and a yellow spray head) has got to be the best one ever! I've been using that bottle for like 4 years, while others only last months...
    Yeah, it's awesome. For those of you who want a closer look...



    lol!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayson16 View Post
    I have some extra mylar if your interested, should have enough to cover the back and sides.
    Definitely! Let's chat.

    Quote Originally Posted by JB_OrchidGuy View Post
    WOW. Looking good JC!!! And you have a Caesar too!!! Wow!! That is going to become a monster bro! I want a cutting when it basils
    Yeah, I'm excited about it. I just got it in the mail, as a valentine's day gift from my wife. She got it shipped later because the weather has been so unpredictable the last couple of months. I hope it turns out to be one that resembles N. merrilliana. Only time will tell! Once this bad girl (hopefully, lol) gets bigger it will probably be time to upgrade the growing area some more.

    Quote Originally Posted by JB_OrchidGuy View Post
    Exactly the types of shelves I want to use when I setup shop. So any recommendations on setup would be great.
    It's the standard Lowe's shelving unit. Most people have six lights per shelf, and as mentioned, I intend to add another set to each shelf in the coming... months... lol. I use the two light fixtures because when I started it looked like you could fit more than the 4 light fixtures. Let me know when you start and I'll help however I can.

    AND, how could I forget! After being publically scolded by half the community (just kidding) for not having a better drip collector, I added some rudimentary trash bags underneath the shelf and poked holes where the water stood to drain into pots below. Not the greatest, since I used scotch tape, but it will suffice for the time being...





    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xvart View Post
    Next on the "to-do" list:
    • Add two more lights to current shelves;
    • Add another shelf of lighting;
    • Mylar siding; and,
    • More plants.
    I traded for some mylar and got it about a month ago (thanks Jay!). I finally found the time and the motivation to put it up, and I have to say I'm disappointed in myself for not doing it sooner. I didn't have enough for both of the sides, but the difference already it outstanding.

    Besides the obvious light reflection, mylar provides other benefits including being able to easily see pitchers growing in the back that I previously was unable to see.







    Updated next on the "to-do" list:
    • Add two more lights to current shelves;
    • Add another shelf of lighting;
    • More plants.


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    Looks really great J.C. Is does growing your nep sideways help?lol

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