Voting Booth: It's a new season: Do you know where your orchids are?

 
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I leave them on the windowsills. 2
 
I put them outside. (Tell us where) 5
 
I keep them outside year round. 3
 
I change the conditions in the greenhouse. (Tell us more) 0
 
I haven't decided. 1
 
I'm stalling at the moment cause I need a u-haul truck this year. 0
 
I move them to a different part of the house. (From where to where?) 0
 
None of the above. (Tell all!) 3
 
For schizophrenics, all of the above. 1
 

orchids-admin
Jun 4, 2011 5:34 AM CST
A new season brings new conditions. Many of us make some decisions about whether to bring them outside and where to put them, whether to ventilate and shade the greenhouse, etc. Some of us have them outside year round. In the southern hemisphere, some of us are heading towards winter! Tell us what you do this season.....
Imageboojum
Jun 4, 2011 6:09 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
So, I'm stalling but maybe I'll start moving them out later today. They go on the north side of a small barn with a shade cloth that drops over them and a giant long tarp nearby when it rains forever. Also my cyms get acclimated to full sun on a concrete slab (with a handy shade cloth and tarp). Now where did I put the u-haul??
[Last edited Jun 4, 2011 6:12 AM CST]
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Imagectcarol
Jun 4, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Name: Carol Corry
Santa Ana,Ca.
zone 10- Sunset zone 22
My warm growers moved outside two months ago, and the "temp tolerant" ones stay out side year round. All will stay out from now on. I have them on my covered porch ( north facing), hanging from my lemon tree, and on racks in my shade structure. Hopefully I'll have the shade structure enclosed before cold weather and rain hits us. In the meantime, I'll be shuffling them around as the sun changes course.
Imagetarev
Jun 4, 2011 12:32 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA:9b
All of my orchids are always indoors. I do not have a greenhouse nor a protected porch area, so inside they go. Well, except for the mini-cymbidium it is able to take in all of the dry torrid summer heat when it comes, and the cool fall and spring. Although last year, since it came back in bloom after a 2 year hiatus, I brought it in winter, to play safe. It is often very windy here in our area, so they just stay by the west facing windows, one set near the sink. The canopy of city trees shelters my orchids as dappled light goes through the west facing windows. I am still an orchid newbie at heart, so still trying to learn which types will really last indoors heheh! Plus my collection is pretty small, I feel really bad when I cannot make last longer.

Here is how they look like:
Thumb of 2011-06-04/tarev/2abbf5 Thumb of 2011-06-04/tarev/a68cb1

Thumb of 2011-06-04/tarev/85dca1
Imageboojum
Jun 4, 2011 1:20 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Well you certainly are doing something right! They look so healthy, tarev!
ImageUrsula
Jun 4, 2011 5:03 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
yes, and you still have nice room to add more.... Smiling

I voted put them outside. The Orchids are in the cage, C& S are on the deck and in front of the house. The plants are on Summer vacation! Smiling
Imagesugarcane
Jun 6, 2011 6:43 PM CST
Name: lindsey
greenville, nc
Our mastergardener group finally had their annual plant sale...once I got rid of the
150 plants I was growing..I could move most every one out of the greenhouse..some
are on the side of the greenhouse, some are more shaded on the side of the house
and some are back inside the sunroom/porch...Phals mostly I have not had very good
luck with them outside...and still others that are in bloom, are on display in various
rooms of the house. Luckily it's a short walk to all destinations so the U haul was not
needed!
lindsey
Imageboojum
Jun 6, 2011 8:05 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Lucky you!
Imagehawkarica
Jun 7, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida
My orchids stay outside all year except for those few nights in the winter when I have to haul them into the garage. Tired of that hassel, I am converting my lanai into a sunroom/ greenhouse where I can just close windows and be done with it. Those windows are being installed as I type this. As for now, the real answer is no, I don't know where my orchids are. I have them stuck in bushes and hanging from trees all over the yard until this construction is finished. Very frustrating.

Jim
ImageUrsula
Jun 7, 2011 1:26 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Jim, think of the wonderful final result, a set-up people would give an arm and a leg for - so to speak.
Smiling

Lindsey, sounds good!
Imagectcarol
Jun 7, 2011 2:55 PM CST
Name: Carol Corry
Santa Ana,Ca.
zone 10- Sunset zone 22
Hilarious! I'll give an arm and a leg, and throw in my first born!
Imagehawkarica
Jun 7, 2011 3:07 PM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida
Now look what you've done, Ursula. My backyard is strewn with body parts and there's some kid walking around back there. Rolling on the floor laughing

Jim
ImageUrsula
Jun 7, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Imagectcarol
Jun 7, 2011 5:55 PM CST
Name: Carol Corry
Santa Ana,Ca.
zone 10- Sunset zone 22
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing If it's a"kid", I'm not taking credit! My first born is 43years old! Now if you think you see Sasquatch wandering around out there, it could be him, but as long as he's on his meds, he's only dangerous at feeding time.
Imagebelaschick
Jun 11, 2011 4:21 PM CST
Name: Jo
Western Massachusetts
Rolling on the floor laughing
I would give my second born, and I think he'd be on board with it, at this point. Nothing like an 18 year old who thinks that once one turns reaches the age of majority and graduates, ones responsibilities to the parental units is nil, even if said parents are providing the roof over his head, the food that he eats (in great quantity I might add), his college tuition, and whose vehicle he drives.

Anyhow, my phals are still inside, but everyone else is outside in a little tiny greenhouse set up. It is rainy and I keep checking the temps. It is cold here (from 95 a couple of days ago to mid 60's today). Thankfully my entire collection is about 23, so I do not have the issues with moving them that Kathy does. If it gets below 50 at night I bring them in.
Imagesugarcane
Jun 11, 2011 7:57 PM CST
Name: lindsey
greenville, nc
Oh how I long for evening temperatures in the 50's Hilarious!
lindsey
lakesidecallas
Jun 23, 2011 4:37 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I can just picture Jim's yard.... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I bought one of those 10 x 20 carports that is just the frame and comes with a big tarp to put on the top. It was less than $100. Then I got shadecloth and covered it with that. My delicate plants are in there. It's not ideal, since it's against the woods it doesn't get enough morning sun, but gets sun in the noon and all afternoon. Things seem to grow pretty well out there, though. I also have my Clivias, some Elephant Ears, Philodendrons and some succulents out there. Agaves are on the end where they get more light.

My vanilla vines stay in the GH through the summer, they seem to like the extra heat, although it can get well over 100 in there. They usually climb up a plastic shelf unit I have in there, but this year I have a dead cedar tree for them to climb up- I just haven't gotten around to planting it yet. Yes, planting, because my DH was unable to cut the bottom straight across (on two tries). Whistling
Imageboojum
Jun 23, 2011 4:44 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
That carport sounds neat. I'd love to see a pic.... Whistling
ImageUrsula
Jun 23, 2011 5:41 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Yes, that sounds good, Susan!
Imagectcarol
Jun 23, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Name: Carol Corry
Santa Ana,Ca.
zone 10- Sunset zone 22
Sounds great, Susan! Do you get high winds? I live in a mobile home park, hence no garages. We get heavy winds in the spring and fall, so the only way to keep those structures from blowing away is to plant each leg in 5 gallon buckets filled with concrete. I've thought about getting one because my car is always a mess, but I have to fight fro every ray of sun, so I haven't done it.

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