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Orchid-Cymbidium 17 Replies

Started by Hildegarde Fischer. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Apr 13.

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Started by Ashley Kennedy. Last reply by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI Jul 3, 2012.

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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 14, 2014 at 4:31am

Not sure where to put them all, but could not say no.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 13, 2014 at 6:30pm

My husband and I have joined the local Orchid club, a lot of men enjoy orchids even if they do no do other gardening. A guy from the club gave us 19 pots of mature orchids. They are not flowering yet and I can,t wait to see what they look like. Very exciting. But where will I put them, they can stay out side in a sheltered spot. Most have names, I will post pictures as they flower.

Comment by Joann Hopper on December 15, 2013 at 7:43am

I am lucky because I have a husband who loves me soo much . He cuts the wood and feeds that baby in the middle of the nite so I can enjoy over two hundred potted plants that I have. But then he is lucky that I have that retreat in the winter or he probably would have to move out in winters haha I love gardening . I love to grow plants. 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 15, 2013 at 1:19am

Joann I would say that you are lucky to have it , without one it be nearly impossible to have any plants survive winter. You are as commited as it gets, like getting up and feeding a baby in the middle of the night. But must be great to go to and potter around in winter.

Comment by Joann Hopper on December 14, 2013 at 7:13am

Keryn, yes I have a wood heater in my greenhouse . I try to not let it get colder than 45 to 50 F at nite. And yes the sun will warm it during the day . If its not to cold I build a fire around 5pm then fill it back up at 10pm and it does fine. If its below freezing I fill it at 5pm , 10pm, 2am, and 4am. And if it gets down below 20F I have two wood stoves going. My house is a 38x50 hoophouse. I dont think I woukd make it thru winter without my greenhouse and flowers. 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 14, 2013 at 4:31am

Joann how cold will it get in your area, do you heat the greenhouse or is what sun you get enough. 17f doing a conversion, thats -8 celsus. Yes you would have to keep them in a hot house.  My cyms stay outside but winter does not get below 0c or 30f even at night. The more delicate ones stay under cover on our back veranda.

Comment by Joann Hopper on December 9, 2013 at 4:36pm

I have mine in a greenhouse. I live in zone 7/8 . The last three nites have been around 17ºF . They seem to be growing . I need to start spraying the leaves. I heat the house with wood. Thanks everyone for the info and advice .. much appreciated. 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 8, 2013 at 1:32am

Coral, I am lucky to be able to leave my orchids outside all year and I get that people in different climates have different ways of growing plants, the main thing is that we all enjoy it. I think the main thing with Orchids in side or out is that they don,t like their roots to be too wet.

Comment by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI on December 7, 2013 at 4:49am

Keryn, your orchids are lovely.  I'm in north east WI, USA zone 5.  It gets bitterly cold here occasionally (this morning it is minus 3*F).  I keep my orchids indoors as they could only be outside about half the year, and then when brought back in for the winter may have picked up bugs or pests of some sort.

I find phalenopsis the easiest to grow and more compact so as to fit into my sun room better. ;-)

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 7, 2013 at 12:26am

Yes I agree with Carol, and perhaps sit them in a basket or another fancy pot for looks.  The cymbidiums are a big variety, there are bigger and lots smaller. I find cymbidiums are the easiest to grow for a beginner, some of the daintier ones need hot houses and a lot TLC. Scale and snails are the worst pests. I would also leave the moss out, its hold moisture and they don,t like to be wet. Water regular but make sure they are not sitting in water, they will rot. Spray the foliage more than water the roots.

 

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