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Moving Orchid Collection/High Altitude

This is a discussion on Moving Orchid Collection/High Altitude within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am moving from New Hampshire to Colorado this fall and have approximately 100 plants ...

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    Default Moving Orchid Collection/High Altitude

    I am moving from New Hampshire to Colorado this fall and have approximately 100 plants (seedlings to specimens) to move. I will probably ship some of the smaller plants, but the bigger ones will likely travel with me (in a pickup truck with a cap). Any tips on traveling with orchids? Or growing orchids at altitude (8000 feet)? Thanks!

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    No advice, but a great big helping of good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alplily NH View Post
    Or growing orchids at altitude (8000 feet)? Thanks!
    Julie,

    I don't know much about moving with orchids, but I was living at 8300 feet when I started collecting. My best advice for growing up there is get a swamp cooler. We didn't need ours for cooling much before I got my orchids, but they sure loved it so we ran it more often. It helped cut down on my lip balm addiction also. You will also want several humidifiers for winter. It is very dry, but lovely in Colorado and I miss it dearly. In Colorado parlance 60% humidity is "sticky". Good luck with your move!

    Trish

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    No experience in moving so many orchids over such a long distance. Wish you the best of luck.

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    I also live in Colorado and the winter its pretty dry but a good humidifier will solve your problem. My orchids seem to be doing good so far and as far as the temperature, it never goes up above 85 degrees in the appartment but outside it can go up to 100 lol. Good luck

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    Thanks, everyone, for the tips, well-wishes and encouragement. I will need all the luck I can get! (Did I mention I am also driving out with a cat and a rabbit... and am shipping a horse? Yes, I am indeed nuts.)

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    Don't say you are nuts because it sounds just like something I would do.

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    I think moving them will be easy but the you will need to supplement your humdity in CO. I know the water there is quite hard also.

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    Hi Julie,

    When we moved from Virginia to Arkansas, we packed our orchids into a U-haul truck. I wrapped each pot with newspaper and masking tape and put the orchids that were in pots into several open-top boxes and stuffed paper around between them to keep them from tipping. I then hung the rest of the collection in the U-haul along the walls and on wire I strung across the space.

    We watered everything the day before packing. It was a 22 hour drive. I drove the u-haul with a blue and gold macaw and two cats in the front seat with me and the back full of orchids. LOL.. The bird was in a pet carrier and the cats were free to roam around the seat. (Man - you would not believe the noise.. haha)

    We moved in the heat of the summer. It was stressful, but the orchids made it fine. When we arrived at the new house, we had to put the orchids outside for a while until we could adapt a gazebo for them to live in over the winter.

    I am not sure about moving to a dry climate, but the other part of your question is very do-able. Best of luck to you.

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    Hey Bruce, I used to have a green wing macaw named Lucky. He was the coolest bird. Then life got really busy and I found him a family that could make him a priority in a way I couldn't. I hated saying goodbye to him, but I hated leaving him in his cage all the time more.

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