Switching growing conditions
So it looks like we will be closing on our new house, which means my orchids come with me and the wife and leave my parents house (my mom already got moving boxes for them).
Anyway, I kept the orchids in my parents' sunroom where they flourished and now am "considerring" locking the orchids up in our basement, since my new wife thinks orchids are nice, but ugly when not in bloom. And if I dont she will make our new life very bad for both me and the orchids. So I have been talking to the orchids and although they arent too fond of the new wife, they love the fact that we will be together.
Here is my plan - I am thinking of growing them in the unfinished basement (until its a man-cave complete with a urinal in the bathroom and a pool table) and put up some artifical lights. I ran into a new lighting company at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show (cant find their brochure since its packed) but I was considerring building an "indoor greenhouse" with salvaged windows from my parents' house (my dad and I replaced the windows). Anyone consider this? I think I may have posted this before but I cannot find the original post.
I was going to build the greenhouse indoors to keep up humidty and light it with some hanging plant-grow lights. Any ideas, suggestions, etc? If anyone has a similar set up - how do you control for temps? Do they increase too much? How would I allow for a night-time drop in temps for the phals and catts? I wanted to build a greenhouse outside, but the cost of materials and heat specifically has really made me think of utilizing indoor space I wont need for a while.
Besides, we have a HOA (yard Nazis) and I need to infiltrate their organization to see if a sunroom/greenhouse or koi pond is permissible since no one in the neighborhood has any garden whatsoever.
thanks for your input