"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"Wow those are beautiful .. I didnt realize they actually get that big . The only ones I have ever seen are in 4 in pots haha thanks for sharing those pics .... love love the burgundy one. I am not sure what I have. When I got them they the…"
"In nature orchids grow in the forks of tropical trees with filtered light from the canopy. I just use any fine pine bark with mine, they have to drain really well. They do not flower until they are tight in the pot. I have seen the most neglected…"
"Also this cymbidium is still in flower in summer, six months after it first flowered. Its a bit knocked about from wind , rain, and we have had some hail in that time. Its under a weeping cherry but is still fairly exposed. They are a tougher than…"
"This cymbidium orchid budded six months ago in winter here in Australia, I moved in side to open up and it has been flowering for all that time and still looks great. I moved it back outside because the leaves are starting to yellow and I don,t want…"
Hi Asherah, Your photographs are beautiful - what a wonderful space you have! I can't imagine being able to grow orchids in my back yard - too cold and windy. I dedicated one of our bathrooms to orchids and violets - my "greenhouse in the loo". There's not nearly as much room as I'd like to have, though. I'm fairly new to orchids, and have had reasonably good luck with them so far, but there's lots I don't know yet, and have lost a few. I hope I can pick up some "education" from you and potential new members...