[pleurothallid-l] Wardian cases

Lynn O'Shaughnessy freespirit at pleurothallids.com
Fri Apr 7 15:58:47 EDT 2017

I have not grown in a case for over 17 years and have had my greenhouse since then.  At that time, I did not have a cooling system.  I just kept my Grand Cayman case in the basement where it was almost always 65 degrees.  It got a about 3 degrees warmer during the day with lights on.  I am sure you can get more info from joining the Facebook group.  



Lynn O


From: pleurothallid-l [mailto:pleurothallid-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of geiger
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To: pleurothallid-l at lists.ibiblio.org; Stephan Patnaude <stephanpatnaude at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [pleurothallid-l] Wardian cases


Interesting. Can you tell a bit more about your set-up?

How do you cool? Spectral control sounds like LED; specifics? I assume you have some ultrasonic foggers. How do you control it? I assume it is automated. I use a HerpKeeper system.


Best wishes




On April 7, 2017 at 12:08 PM Stephan Patnaude <stephanpatnaude at gmail.com <mailto:stephanpatnaude at gmail.com> > wrote:

Hello all, 


I've been given the opportunity to setup a sophisticated Warden case.   It's rather small at 48" x 24" x 24 but I have complete control

over light intensity and spectral characteristics, temperature, humidity, and what I can best describe as a cooled and humidified breeze via air exchange to keep the air from becoming stagnant.


I can keep the temperature as cool as 45F through most of the year but always no warmer than 55F if required.


I've grown some Dracula species in the past with various degrees of success but I'd like to try some of the more difficult pleurothallids with this new environment.  I'm especially interested in miniatures given the small space I have to work with.


Any suggestions for particular specimens would be appreciated.  I'd like to prove the concept before I build a large case and start the obsession.


Thanks and regards, 




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