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Latest Activity: Dec 27, 2016
Started by Mary Melvin. Last reply by Martha Staley Jul 11, 2016.
Started by Hildegarde Fischer. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Apr 13, 2014.
Started by Noelle Kaler. Last reply by JLHowell Aug 11, 2011.
The Miltona, grows under a sunlight rated fluoro globe all year. I have it on a stand that is about 1 ft from the ceiling, so it gets good winter heat and also air conditioning during summer. Basically Orchid's like the same temperatures that we do. The right light is the key.
So sorry for your damage Mo, hope all is fixed and well again. Lorraine , wow how great to have woods and trees of that high close by, but too close.
Orchids are not summer plants, they need to be in complete shade under big trees during summer.
They flower during the winter months outside for me, if you have very cold winters you would need to find just the right spot inside during winter to have them flower. They need winter sunshine.
I heard the last hurricane that devastated FL was 11 yrs ago. Was it Ivan or ? How did one chicken make it through while the others are gone?? Sad & strange! I would be mourning those lovely trees as well. Around here, people are always cutting down the huge evergreens, afraid of them falling. I am sooo fortunate to have a grand greenbelt behind my house because they are 100ft tall & the trunks are 6ft around at the base. So glad to hear you came through without so much damage to your home. I feel for your towns & beaches. Our west coast weekend "storm" is a joke now as the media built it way up, then it passed us by with 50 m/hr winds tops! Although my favorite vacation spot on the OR coast saw a tornado hit--Manzanita. Still it seems the media was trying to distract us thinking about anything other than actual world events. . .
Our beautiful city of St. Augustine just went through a devastating hurricane. "Mathew" left much destruction of property and plants ! BIG HUGE OLD trees strewn everywhere. Flooded houses left many people out on the streets with all of their household goods destroyed. We are in clean up mode now. My home was spared and all we had was some tree damage... we were the lucky ones. The same hurricane devastated Haiti and many other States were also affected. I saw your post about your chickens. I had 4, after the storm , I have one lonely moping girl wandering around wondering what happened. It is all very sad. I had put all my orchids in my house and the hanging ones went into my potting shed. All are fine. The city will rebuild and people will help each other get back on their feet, as many lost EVERYTHING.
I am going to set up a table on the north side of the house for orchids next summer--even if we get our usual cool & cloudy weather. Because they got a bit of sun under the table & burned. During winter, when they are in the house, I spray them & don't water more than once a month since they rot so easily. I am hoping after 3 yrs I will get a bloom instead of death!! Spent some money on re-pot me moss & pots too. As to where people on this site have gone & why? Perhaps pinterest? Sad isn't it? I don't want to give up on this site but seems like everyone left all summer long. Howz your weather now Mo? Love hearing about everyone's different conditions & how they deal with the challenges. We are expecting high winds & heavy rains today.
Keryn, These are beautiful Orchids! Thanks for sharing . They are so unique in their diversity and weird lovely vibrant shapes, sizes , and COLORS!!
Most of mine faired well this year although not all have bloomed. The HEAT was INTENSE here this year too Lorraine. I had mine under a canopy and sprayed them with mist daily. Some still looked as if they had heat stroke.
Absolutely the most challenging flowers I have ever grown! You have this one down beautifully. Our summer was not very warm but the spot I tried to keep my plants in outside still burned them--under a table in the shade!
Cymbidium, Kayla. One of mine.
Cymbidium, my best this year .
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