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Weather is A Changin'

This is a discussion on Weather is A Changin' within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Here comes the "Grim" are you ready for short light, dry air & cold temperatures ...

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    Exclamation Weather is A Changin'


    Here comes the "Grim" are you ready for short light, dry air & cold temperatures again "y'all?" Winter is coming fast.

    I see a solid snow pack from the Artic thru Alberta and over U.S.'s Northern Border. WGN in "Chi- town" is talking of "sub-seasonal" COLD blasts arriving this week. Here in east Central Florida our Air is drier, somewhat coo at Night, Nights are getting longer and seasonal changes are beginning. It won't be too long before my 24/7 outdoor growing will become erratic, disrupted and not a viable practice. Some species will need to be a daily carry in & out, others will need an indoor home for the worst of the duration.

    The short light however is spiking & piquing several plants of both Orchid and other genre into winter blooms. We've a few Zygo Cactii ready to explode in christmas splendor, some bromilliads have brilliant red infloressence already. But alas, a freak sub freeze one night last spring blasted all our Poinsettas to nothing but vivid memories. I've not replanted them because I have not had anything to plant, plus I'm not really sure I want to go through that loss ever again. Some shrubs were 12 feet tall & 15 years or more old.

    All but 1 of my Cat's froze in a leaky greenhouse, the one left has grown two small buds over summer once I got rid of media making it a mounted specimen on a hanging Cork Bark Slab. It may wind up in the house. It is recovering but it was a small set of back bulbs on a outrunner from a old Cat burnt by cold. It lacks vigor and aggressive growth but has good roots forming. It will be back next year with strictly Airial Roots & Mounted on it's slab, providing I don't kill it this winter in the cold.

    Thanx for the soap box, C U Next Time. . .
    CIAO

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    na, im ready for a stinkin hot summer man, like last year, and the year before, and so on, WATER RESTRICTIONS! HERE I COME TO WASTE IT ON MY ORCHIDS

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    Dear Pete in Deland...I feel your pain. I found a way to ease the pain of "the migration" though. Shelves with wheels are cool. Lay top heavy plants over to save them falling over and away you go. It's time to mix the bug stuff...and get out the "supplemental lighting". lol It's also the time of year you are really relieved you didn't attach anthing to a tree that can't go in the garage. And if you did attach one it's time to hope it's cold tolerant.

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    Hi Connie...How is the "Brown Eyes" doing? Does it have any new growth? I hope so, that way it will bloom for you around Easter. That is its' normal time to bloom. Later...Betty :-)

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    Pete, it is possible that your 'settas may come back from the roots come spring.

    Forecast is for snow here on Friday.

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    I live in the northeast and my Dendrobium just shed 3 leaves as they do this time of year, but not all the leaves which is a surprise! And the purple blooms are a beautiful gift this holiday season.

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    Thumbs down BRRrrrrrrrrrrr

    Well, we're in the midst of it. Last night (Tuesday Morning) we got to 24* F for about 3 hours. I had spent all day harvesting Poncan Oranges, & Low Hanging Grapefruit to the tune of around 300lbs. Plus I moved more potted plants in my Shop which it about 1,000 Sq FT but unheated. Since tonight will be colder for a longer period, low 20's for 7-10 hours, I put my gas grille inside my shop & is running on low. It will not heat it to any real degree, but it will keep it from being 20's inside anyhow. Gotta remember to Air it out before I go in there tomorrow tho.

    Everything in our garden is lost. We will not be eating out of it for months. We have some Turnip & Collard Greens still, but all else is dead. Much of our landscape is damaged also. Our turf is brown. Some fairly hardy specimens may recover, but others are history. As for Pointsettas, they are gone when soil temps get into the 20's as they did.

    My orchids are inside our house where they are not happy, but shall survive, although stressed to the max. I can't believe my dendrobiums got new flower spikes during this. The buds are actually swelling. I'll have blooms in 2 weeks or so it looks like. . . . be nice for Christmas, Huh?

    The Humidity outside was 13%, Median Temperature 27*F. It's great Forest Fire Weather dry, no humidity to speak of, persistent winds from North West ranging from strong breezes to gusting 30 - 35mph. With tonites prediction, we run the risk of losing bud set for next years Citrus crop & worse scenario losing trees altogether if temps go below 26*F over 4 hours consecutively.

    It's Not Global Warming, that's a misnomer. The real problem is global climate change which is both overheating in hot seasons and severe freezing in cold seasons. The arbitrary changing of oceanic currents and drifting of jet stream currents, having a profound impact on global climate stability as never before recorded. Having a background in environmental sciences makes this picture even more grim than media or opponents, who are in ignorance based denial, can fathom in their narrow and limited understandings of the reality of it all.

    On that sour note I'll close, but Hang Tough fellow FLoridians better days are coming and eventually we will return to more acceptable parameters.

    LATER Y'ALL
    CIAO
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    I bet those grapefruit will be really good though. It was in the teens here and will probably be there again tonight. brr is right!

    cheers,
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    BD, you and Pete may be Brrr there but here it's more Grrrrr . The unseasonal rainfall has resulted in an upsurge of fungus infection and 3 of my mini catts have been killed already. The wet weather has caused havoc to the flowers and buds. This time of year should be dry, and cool.

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    I feel your pain Pete. In the low 20's here last night. My 'chids are all in the house with humidifiers going at full blast. I've already lost a dend and a vanda. Oh well, that makes room for new ones.

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