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Out of town for 9 days

This is a discussion on Out of town for 9 days within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I will be soon on vacation for a little more than a week. Normally, I ...

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    Default Out of town for 9 days

    I will be soon on vacation for a little more than a week. Normally, I would simply water all my orchids the day I leave and bring them inside while I am gone. My trouble, now, is that I just added an basket BLC Maikai. Currently, I have it hanging under a tree outside and drenching it every 2 days. Would it survive 9 days inside?

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    Put it in a lower light situation on tray over a container of water. Nine days should not hurt it. You could also add a bit of chopped sphag around the roots loosely to help hold a bit more moisture. (Do this only for the short term, not as a permanent solution).

    Have a safe and fun vacation!

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    I expected Bruce to have referred you to the RV thread, suggesting how you take your collection with you without worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    I expected Bruce to have referred you to the RV thread, suggesting how you take your collection with you without worry.
    heheh... Joe, you are turning out to be just as bad as the rest of the us around here. heheh...


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    Thank you BD for the advice. I will pick up some sphag tomorrow.

    I expected Bruce to have referred you to the RV thread, suggesting how you take your collection with you without worry.
    Y'all too funny!

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    Bruce gave you some really great ideas. Nine days in Texas in August without water would kill just about anything tropical. I'm sure it will be fine..reduced light inside means a slower transpiration rate...less water loss

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    Thanks for the compliment, Bruce!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley
    Bruce gave you some really great ideas. Nine days in Texas in August without water would kill just about anything tropical. I'm sure it will be fine..reduced light inside means a slower transpiration rate...less water loss
    Thanks Clint! I guess I should have said 'why' too.

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    Thanks for the compliment, Bruce!
    heheh... I knew it!

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    Nine days in Texas in August without water would kill just about anything tropical.
    I am bringing them inside to my living room, which is very bright with lots of morning sun. AC and ceiling fan will be on to keep the air movement, but I am more likely set it to 85 degree to save the energy.

    BTW, Houston reached 100 yesterday. Luckily for orchids, we also have higher humidity. So far, orchids are doing well outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    I am bringing them inside to my living room, which is very bright with lots of morning sun. AC and ceiling fan will be on to keep the air movement, but I am more likely set it to 85 degree to save the energy.

    BTW, Houston reached 100 yesterday. Luckily for orchids, we also have higher humidity. So far, orchids are doing well outside.
    The 85 degrees will actually be better for the orchids since the air conditioning will not run as much. Air conditioning removes moisture from the air, thus removing moisture from your plants, fish tank, etc...

    Cheers,
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