Growing orchids as epiphytes indoors
I've got a couple gift-orchids I've been nurturing for a while and I've recently become interested in trying to transfer some of them out of the pot to an epiphytic situation because:
a) I think they'd be prettier if their rooty tendrils were on display
b) Girlfriend just left for the peace corps and I've got waaaaaaay too much time on my hands.
I'd really like to build some kind of setup that automatically mists them, I'm handy and that sounds like a fun project.
What I don't know are things like:
1) How often to mist? How much mist?
2) What special considerations do I need to think about?
3) Anything special I need to do when transferring them out of the potting media and into the open?
I really don't know _too_ much about orchids in general, and extremely little about growing them epiphytically(is that a word?). I've done some orchid research and I've read a fair amount about potting them, so I'm not totally clueless, but nearly.
I'm pretty sure all my orchids are your typical flower-shop phalaenopsis.
Can anyone recommend any resources for someone like myself to learn more about growing orchids as epiphytes and setting up misty grow environments so I don't have to (forget to) water them all the time?