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Dendrobium cuthbertsonii temp ranges

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Chris, Apr 11, 2009.

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  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    I was born and raised in Florida, so the winters are still a novelty to me. I love New England, and the GF really wants to live there (again, she's a native).
     
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    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Not sure which Tom you were referring to but I have had mine for just over 1 year now. I have gotten mine to bloom and put out new growths so I would think it is safe to assume the temp ranges I am giving it are sufficient, but only time will tell I guess

    It is funny as I moved to Daytona Beach right after I graduated high school and I missed the change of seasons and moved back to PA. I can honestly say though I can live without the change of seasons now and want to move to move south again but staying on the east coast :D
     
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    Sorry Tom, yeah, I was replying to you. Thanks!
     
  4. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    I was thinking about this today, and I will say that even though my growing area gets "too hot" in the summer, the mitigating factor is the cool down at night. So, IMHO you can grow plants above their "normal" range, IF you can cool them off, every night!
     
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    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    I think it is also very important to be sure to keep them cool at the roots as well during times of extreme heat.
     
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    Yeah, that night drop is the real pain in the ass, and why I can't grow them here Karen.
     
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    Bill Zimmerman Bill Zimmerman

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    If you can grow masdevallias and draculas, then Den. cuthbertsonii is a breeze. They enjoy cool conditions and are easy to grow and bloom. My primary problem was scale and trying to eradicate it without damaging the sensitive plant.
     
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    Yup, they are very sensitive to some chemicals. The oil based insecticide can do significant damage or kill the plants.
     
  9. Chris

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    Good to know. Thanks for everyone's info. This is probably my most coveted species that I can't yet grow. My guess is that even with summer temps in the mid 70's it needs to get down in the 50's at night to be happy?
     
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    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Mine never gets down any where near 50 in the summer time. As I mentioned above the average low is 64 over the summer but most hot summer days it is around 70 at night and can be that way through much of July and August
     
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    thanks Tom. Wow. Yeah, I must be half asleep. Rereading what you guys wrote, it looks like both you and Tom-DE have temps in the 60s during the summer.

    How about light to bloom?
     
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    :D
     
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    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    My intermediate/cool gowing area uses nothing more than the cheap t-12 shop lights with a mix of warm and cool tubes.
     
  14. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Don't move to Colorado. We don't need any more Texans.
     
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    It blooms here and lives quite well in San Diego (I don't have one), and our summer nights rarely have a low below 60. Most of our summer nights are in the high 60s (aka 67ish). Our days don't get much above 80 though.
     
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    I am no Texan.