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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; I read people saying that orchids love to be summered outdoors. I even do it ...

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    Default Why does "summering outdoors" matter?

    I read people saying that orchids love to be summered outdoors. I even do it myself. But why? They might get more light, but in my situation, the only "outdoors" I have is my balcony. The sun is the same as the window inside, just not magnified by glass. Are there other benefits? Do orchids just know when they're outside and automatically go into "YAY!" mode?

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    I think they get more natural light levels outdoors and the air movement is (imho) much better outdoors. But I'm guessing in some areas a greenhouse 24-7 would be the best way overall.

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    When do you run your AC the most? It sucks moisture out of the indoor environment very effectively. Then there is the fact that orchids adapted to seasonal variation need higher temps that coincide with longer days. People don't want that. We want 72F year round.
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    In my case, the light is brighter outdoors, the pots are flushed with fresh rain, and there is usually a nice breeze.
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    i for one, think they automatically go into 'yay' mode.

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    Coming from an all summer environment , I for one would not be the best person to take a guess on this one , but I think Kelly has some good questions here . I too would like to know if it makes a noticeable difference in the behavior of the plant ?

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    My Sharry Baby never got more than two spikes when it was inside. The first year outside and 9 spikes later I think it is happier!

    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    Coming from an all summer environment , I for one would not be the best person to take a guess on this one , but I think Kelly has some good questions here . I too would like to know if it makes a noticeable difference in the behavior of the plant ?

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    Our Iowa humidity has finally kicked in and my orchids are definitely screaming YAY! Mine LOVE the humidity and air circulation and my indoor light can't hope to compare. Even though it has been extremely dry here, the RH outdoors at least creeps up every night to 65-90%. Indoors, our AC ran so much during the hot drought spells that the RH inside was in the low 20s all day and night. Doctor prescribed running the humidifier after my mother ended up in the ER with a nosebleed that wouldn't stop. Normally here in the summer we run multiple dehumidifiers trying to keep cool. What orchids I had in the house were in sorry shape, so all but three (out of 100+) that can't take heat were moved either outside or to the sunroom that has no AC. If I had a big enough orchidarium or a full-on climate controlled grow room with really good lighting, I suppose I would keep them inside. But for now, they summer outside.

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    I can only say that in New Mexico there is no way of "summering" outdoors or at practically any time of year..............................AL

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    This is a question that need to consider your location.

    For the light, you do not have the same light inside a window as outside, the drop in light level is significant and glass filter of part of the light spectra.
    Your indoor climate is often very different then your outdoor climate, particular if you live up north.
    The day night fluctuation in temperature outdoors is normaly much larger than indoors and this is what many orchid love.
    The humidity outdoors is different then indoors particular if you have an air conditioner.

    Where I live we have dark cold freezing winters with snow! The condition indoors is usually very bad for tropical orchids (dry, dark, even temperature) and therefore moving them outdoors in late spring do wonders!

    But the term "summered outdoors" depends on were on the globe you are located. It probably originates from growers in Great Britain, Germany and Dutch from the beginning of the century (cold and somewhat darker winters).

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