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#170708 - 01/03/09 11:31 AM Orchid Benches
Hatshepsut Offline
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OK. Here are my next questions. I'm planning to buy some orchid benches.

1. Does anyone have any recommendations for types of benches that work particularly well. Is coated metal better than plastic or is redwood the best option?

2. Some of the benches I've look at online have more than one shelf. It occurs to me that the water from the shelf of plants above will drain onto the plants below. That is probably not a good thing insofar as transmission of disease and transfer of pests is concerned. I know I've seen some posts of greenhouse areas with multi-shelf units. How do you handle the water runoff issue.

Thanks for your help and your patience,

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#170737 - 01/03/09 04:11 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Hatshepsut]
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Lothianjavert
uses a corrugated material under the top bench to protect the plants below.
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#170748 - 01/03/09 05:17 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Pook]
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With mounts growing on a wall...the upper plants always run into the lower plants...
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#170818 - 01/04/09 05:57 AM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Hatshepsut]
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I like the closet shelves from Home Depot. They are airy, easy to clean and cheap.



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#170890 - 01/04/09 12:11 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Ursula]
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Thanks, Ursula.

Does the shelving come with the framing? I have a Home Depot nearby and I will go over and check this out.

Thanks for your help.

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#170902 - 01/04/09 01:39 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Ursula]
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Hey Ursula, how does the water drain off that floor? I'm such a wild waterer I just can't imagine how you could not have that sloshing wet all the time. stupid
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#170906 - 01/04/09 02:25 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Hatshepsut]
Ursula Offline
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Hattie, framing?
DH built the racks from Aluminum rods (they would be tough to get, but there are surely equivalent pipes around?) and I simply placed the shelves on top.

Posey, I bought plastic storage boxes - the kind they sell usually every Fall ( for Dorm rooms) to store things in under the bed. I throw away the covers and place the deep trays under the racks to catch most of the water. They have to be washed out every couple of months. The floor in the open isles will get wet, I use old towels to mop up. Remember that my greenhouse is built on the second floor and part of the house, so the rules are slightly different here.
The greenhouse floor is slightly tilted away from the house wall and they are a few drainage holes drilled in on 2 sides, needed if I would really drown the place.

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#171334 - 01/06/09 11:41 AM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Hatshepsut]
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We built ours to fit the greenhouse as any "ready made" shelves would not have been a good fit. The heavy gauge (just downright HEAVY) small-hole galvanized mesh we used has not yet begun to rust. I can stand on it and it doesn't give, but it was a nightmare to cut. (I have no clue where it originally came from. It arrived with the pallets of cinder blocks on a lift truck-- Steve's dad had ordered it.) I've seen the coated green fence-mesh used and it seems to work well, though if you have small pots, they will tip over due to the larger size of the holes.

In our old growing room we used the coated white shelving from home depot and built the frames. it was simple and worked well.

In between shelves, we used coroplast (corrugated plastic-- think cardboard, but made out of thin plastic. It's often used for temporary signs) to keep water from dripping from the upper shelf plants onto lower-shelf plants. It was easy to work with and has worked well.

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#171368 - 01/06/09 03:15 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: lothianjavert]
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A few years ago I replaced my tiered benches (made with stair stringers and 2x4's) with Dura-Bench (https://www.greenhousemegastore.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BN-DB). Unlike the picture on that web page, my benches have perimeter walls to keep pots from falling off.
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#171778 - 01/08/09 08:10 PM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: Ursula]
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Do you worry much over the water draining down on the next benches plants???
I have similar benching in my indoor growing area, but what I did was bought some of the clear (greenhouse grade) corregated roofing, you know the wavy stuff... cut it to size and placed it over the actuall shelf..
that way the water runs off either end and not on the plants on the next shelf down...
just a thought....
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#171820 - 01/09/09 06:21 AM Re: Orchid Benches [Re: clear sky orchids]
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Clear Sky - no, I don't worry about water running into plants below. As a matter of fact, I water straight over the top and in-between.
I am more watchful of making sure there is always good ventilation/air circulation and placing the Orchids according to their light requirement.

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