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Major Screw-up with orchid temperature?

This is a discussion on Major Screw-up with orchid temperature? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As I have been preparing my deck to move my plants outdoors, I realized that ...

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    Exclamation Major Screw-up with orchid temperature?

    As I have been preparing my deck to move my plants outdoors, I realized that I could have a bit of problem on my hands with temps. I checked my min/max thermometer a few days ago when it was freezing overnight and the minimum temp was around sixty-five in the indoor plant space. This is a good ten degrees higher than my average summer low in the hottest months! Am I going to confuse the plants to death? I have mostly things that are supposed to be temperature tolerant and I never thought about seasonal shift until today. Maybe get them out while its still a bit chillier?
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    So, your normal low in the grow area is about 55, and it accidentally ended up around 65? That doesn't sound too bad to me, esp. if you gorw ones that are fairly temp tolerant.

    I bet they will be fine...it's not like Mother Nature keeps a steady even temp all the time either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    So, your normal low in the grow area is about 55, and it accidentally ended up around 65? That doesn't sound too bad to me, esp. if you gorw ones that are fairly temp tolerant.

    I bet they will be fine...it's not like Mother Nature keeps a steady even temp all the time either!
    True! I think all will be just fine. No worries.

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    and heck.....stress may even bring you Flowers!!.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    So, your normal low in the grow area is about 55, and it accidentally ended up around 65? That doesn't sound too bad to me, esp. if you gorw ones that are fairly temp tolerant.

    I bet they will be fine...it's not like Mother Nature keeps a steady even temp all the time either!
    Well not exactly...I have an indoor area that I have been using because my outdoor area gets no sun in winter. The indoor area has been getting those high temps for a while and I never thought about the switch from indoor to outdoor until recently. When they go outdoors for the summer, the temps are going to be lower (on average) than they have been getting. I didn't realize that the temp difference was so large, otherwise I would have made other arrangements for certain plants. I am just worried that some plants even though they are temp tolerant are also temp "motivated" (as in active/dormancy cycles) could suffer.

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    Not to worry, Jason...They will all be just fine! Betty :-)

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    Thanks everyone for the reassurance! I suppose that I should relax a bit. I've gotten the patience bit down...now I just need to learn to let the plants happen to me as opposed to me happening to the plants.

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    Sometimes benign neglect serves a purpose, Jason...I do it all the time...Betty :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    Sometimes benign neglect serves a purpose, Jason...I do it all the time...Betty :-)
    Betty, that's what I keep reading that I should give some of my newbies...it's a strange concept to me. I got a laelia santa barbara sunset 'showtime' a couple of weeks ago and all I want to do is harass it considering that it's something I have wanted for a while. I have to slap my own hand apparently.

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    I know the orchid of which you speak...it is beautiful! Slap your hand, when ever you think you need to mess around with it! Seriously, Jason, that is a wonderfully beautiful orchid...I can hardly wait for you to bloom it! Betty :-)

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