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Grow orchids outside in Pennsylavnia ?

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    Default Grow orchids outside in Pennsylavnia ?

    I live in southwestern PA and was curious if others in PA or areas with similar climate conditions have put their orchids outside for the summer? I'm an indoor grower with little luck and I'm thinking of giving the orchids a try outside when the weather is nicer to see if they like the change.

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    Hi, I live in the Harrisburg area and grow under lights. Most of my 250 orchids go outside for the summer and stay there till frost threatens. just besure that you give them the light and watering that they need. Also becareful of putting any out that are planted in moss in that moss csn get too wet with rain and watering and not dry out--thus causing the roots to rot. I do keep most of my phals and lady slippers inside as well as a few cool growing ones that like the A/C.

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    I only have a few and could not picture taking out over 200
    I would put mine on a shelf on the back porch. Depending on the time of day the amount of sun varies which I'm hoping will satisfy the few I have. They'd be protected from rain but do get rain water by hand as needed.

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    Depending on the variety besure they are protected from any direct afternoon sun. There are some exceptions to that but most orchids can't take hot afternoon sun. What varieties do you grow?

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    I think you will be pleased with the results. I also leave my Paphs. and Phals. inside during the summer, the Masd. too but most everyone else heads outdoors and they love it.
    Just remember in the fall to plan on a good once over on all the plants to look for any critters that might plan on hitching a ride back into the house.

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    I have a mix matched bunch with room for more. Phal, mini vanda, Brsdm, Epc, Catt, Ency (which i think is on it's deathbed), Bc. Not sure if that is all of them. I have a Bollo which I will keep inside. I don't think the spot on the porch I was thinking of will get the afternoon sun but it will get direct sun towards the evening. Before I move them out I can watch that area to see how the sun hits it. The Phal I have is not putting out any new growth and others are slow. I hope the fresh air, natural humidity and sun will change things.

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    I live right outside of Philadelphia and like Bill I move all my orchids outside except for the cool growers. Anything that can take the heat move outside. They'll thank you for the extra sun and humidity. Just watch out for too much rain and temps over 90. Also, i had a problem at one time with snails and slugs. Make sure you slug proof your outdoor space and use slug/snail bait. If you have phals they need to be underneath an overhang. Any water left in the crown of the plant overnight can cause rot.

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    The back of the house gets most of the sun so it tends to reach a higher temp than elsewhere. When it reaches temps over 90 is there something I should do?

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    I lived in Philly and grew orchids there for 6 years. When it got too hot, I tried to make sure that I gave my orchids a watering in the morning and evening. Also, no midday sun, especially when it was that hot. However, Philly is also more humid than Pittsburgh (as I remember it, but I stayed in Pittsburgh for a month, so I could be wrong) so I didn't need to do much else, even during the heatwaves.

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