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Growing phalaenopsis outdoors

This is a discussion on Growing phalaenopsis outdoors within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; What should the set up be like for growing phalaenopsis outdoors? I am currently growing ...

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    What should the set up be like for growing phalaenopsis outdoors? I am currently growing them indoors, but I live in the south and would love to try them outdoors. Or would that be a bad idea? Thanks...

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    blush, they'll be fine outdoors as long as you keep them in deep shade. Direct sun on them will turn the leaves reddish-purple, then burn them, so you want to set them somewhere out of the sun completely. You'll also need to pay closer attention to your watering at first till you get used to the change in conditions. Breezes will dry the media faster so you'll likely have to water more often.

    Give it a shot; the plant will be plenty happy!

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    I put my phals out every summer in a tent away from screening on all 4 sides.This I do to keep the rain off the crowns when we have rain sometimes for 3 or 4 days or longer. Lots of people don't put their phals out at all but I found it was fine if you protected them from the rain.

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    Ok, well this is completely off topic, but I have a question about my Mom's phal. It was a "bargan binner" she liked. I cut off the infolorences and insecticieded it. Transplanted it and checked it all out. It's a really good plant, but I don't think it has enough light where I have it. It gets NO direct sunlight, and well, probably not much if any real sun at all. One of the bottom leaves has turned yellow. Any ideas as to why?

    Oh, LJA, the brown spots spread to all of the other flowers before I got around to cutting them off. Is it bacterial or fungal?

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    One of the bottom leaves has turned yellow. Any ideas as to why?
    Jennifer: Leaf loss is part of orchid growing. Bottom leaves will turn yellow and drop off. It happens.

    the brown spots spread to all of the other flowers before I got around to cutting them off. Is it bacterial or fungal?
    "Brown spots" could be either. That they were on the flowers makes me believe it's fungal. But, I could be wrong.

    Now that you cut the flower spike off, wipe the leaves of the plant down top and bottom with listerine, and spray the entire thing with a fungicide. (Or dust it, like Peter does, with cinnamon.)

    BTW, when you know you're posting something off-topic, just go ahead and start a new thread.

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    I would love to grow outside. Summers in Southeastern Pa are so humid that the orchids would be in heaven. The only thing stopping me is the evil devil squirrels that get into every plant I put out. I have to put mothballs in the pots to keep the buggers away from my hibiscus and elephant ears, and I wouldn't dare try that with an orchid.

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