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Which torture method is best?

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by mrbreeze, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    If one must chose how to torture one's cool growing orchids. :(

    More specifically, I have various high elevation Angs that have been living outside since mid April. Luckily, so far we've only brushed the low 90s once or twice and for the most part nighttime lows have been in the 50s. Outside, they're getting much more of a temp drop than I could ever provide inside. Some days it will be 30 degrees. But...the heat is coming. Before long it will be days above 95 and nights in the upper 70s or even 80s. Clearly this would be torture for any cool growers.

    So if I bring them inside, they are tortured by not getting the diurnal temp diff, plus lower humidity and comparably lame fake light. I don't have to worry about squirrels...but it is definitely a trade off.

    So which way should I torture them? Fry them in heat and dryness or bring them inside to languish?

    On a side note, one of the plants in queston is Ang sororium, which Andy said he had grown outside before I got it. I've never been to Andyville, doesn't it get pretty hot there? Thanks for your time and brilliance if applicable.
     
  2. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    stop all the fussin and switch to Catts. your welcome

    andyville is a few blocks and up a hill from the beach in Encinitas.
    i would say when it is HOT it is also very DRY
     
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    Andyville doesn't get hot. It hasn't cracked 75 in weeks.

    As Brandt said, its always dry when its hot in San Diego. His shadehouses are equipped with tons of misters, which brings the ambient down significantly. We almost never crack 100 (like 1 time every 5-10 years), and 90 + only happens a couple times a year. When we do crack 90, the humidity is usually 5-10%.
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Don't know if this will help, but my sororium is grown outside in Northern California (enclosed in the winter) and it is fine with some days of 90 or 100 and the humidty. But the nights drop into the 50's most nights in the summer. I haven't bloomed it yet, so mine may not be a recipe for success.
     
  5. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    Hmmm, thanks.

    My biggest worry is not so much the upper end of the temps but rather that the lower end will be too high outside. It would be a rare day in July and August that we drop down into the low to mid 70s. More normal would be 80.

    I guess I'll leave them out for now. :confused:

    If it makes any difference, I'm talking about the sororium, magdalenae, a couple Jumelleas (rigida and arachnanthe), a Rangaeris species, A. longiscott, and some non-Ang odds and ends.
     
  6. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    An orchidarium is what you need, Mr B. If I had one, I'd give it to you.
    Anything for the Angs, ya know.
     
  7. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    I vote for managing the temperature swings.
    Or, you could give them to me?
    :cool:
     
  8. LynneTyson

    LynneTyson New Member

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    Send them to Karen or to me, we can grow them outside here.