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Why does "summering outdoors" matter?

This is a discussion on Why does "summering outdoors" matter? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by orchidsal I can only say that in New Mexico there is no ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    I can only say that in New Mexico there is no way of "summering" outdoors or at practically any time of year..............................AL
    I'm right there with my neighbor Al - in the southwest desert of Yuma, Arizona, summering outdoors could be described as roasting the poor babies in an oven. Theoretically it might be nice, but I'd have to limit my orchid collection to ...none! And then I'd never have gotten to know all the wonderful people here.

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    Ditto what Magnus said.

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    Patty: I didn't want to speak for ya, but I thought of you when I posted my remarks and knew you would automatically understand. Even in the good rainy seasons when humidity here can go high (if it rains is a big if), one gust of wind and the orchids would go sailing to Texas! LOL AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    I can only say that in New Mexico there is no way of "summering" outdoors or at practically any time of year..............................AL
    i totally agree, i dont grow indoors, i simply cant be bothered... but as i have said in other post august is a killer for me, but with a little care i can minimize the damage... i tend to go with the philosophy that they belong outside if youre able, just a matter of finding their sweet spot in your grow space... i too am limited to a balcony, luckily its big, but i find lots of them can be quite adaptable if you have patience and suffer a few seasons of them looking rather pathetic...then they will settle in and do quite well... the most valuable lesson that comes with orchid growing is patience... if its too much the universe made petunias for a reason

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    Well said Shane and I entirely agree. AL

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    I "summer" mine by closing the a/c vent and opening the window in the orchid room--on a hot day it gets up to 87 or so. At night I close the window and open the vent, cooling down into the 70s. The orchids seem to appreciate the contrast and are growing lush, strong-looking foliage and several are spiking.

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    i went to oatman arizona in august once. i thought i was going to die. some friends were filming a short film. i went for fun. it was interesting and all, but the dry heat (and i'm used to some dry heat) was so evil. i had one of those spray bottles with a fan on it, and held it out and turned it at my face and the water evaperated before it reached me. from 2 feet away. i'm not joking. orchids could not live there, in fact i bet cacti have issues. all i saw growing was that cholla stuff and it looked mean. but a bunch of little tiny quail kept running around in a little herd of about 30 birds. very weird. i think it was real, but might have been hallucinating? anyone successfully growing orchids there must be going to great lengths to have them thrive and bloom, so kudos.

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    Sounds like Texas.

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    Thank you Coeruleo! I love it when I stumble randomly across the answer to a crossword clue. I didn't cheat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i went to oatman arizona in august once.
    You went in August?? I'm glad you survived! That's why we don't summer outside. (And Oatman at least has an elevation of @2500 feet!)

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