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The effect of "dark days"

This is a discussion on The effect of "dark days" within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I agree I would with hold water if at all possible. I am more concerned ...

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    I agree I would with hold water if at all possible. I am more concerned about theseadnormal weather patterns. Could it be the Myans were right and that the world as we know it will end on Friday? Just kidding. Please don't take offence to my silliness. I think you have received some great advice and hope that your orchids thrive in spite of the strange weather. Have a wonderful holiday my friend.

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    I would not water for awhile, but if it's breezy, maybe after a week or so you should consider watering early in the morning. The plants will be dry the next day.

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    My plants don't dry out quickly. I can water in the very early a.m. and by late afternoon they are still damp. They are inside the shadehouse that is pretty much zippered up but does have a fan running. When watering I'm trying only to soak the roots of each vanda without getting the straps or it's neighbor wet. This has added much time to the watering regime. I still have not moved in most of the catts and other species inside. I have the few phals species that I grow inside but I've moved them to the top of the most shaded spot so they are not subjected to the water from the vandas. I am using fungicides about every 10 days because of the all the dampness.

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    this is an interesting thread, thank you Angela for starting this, Cathy and I live in the same state but opposite coasts, I watered my vandas twice yesterday once at 10 am and again at 1 in afternoon, I almost always have a good cross breeze going and everything dries quickly. When I mentioned earlier about giving them a dry spell the longest I've gone is about a week due to low temps which I has not happened this winter or if I am away from home, my better half seems to equate watering the orchids with turning my growing area into a waterpark

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    Ed, I think the big reason I don't dry off is the place being closed up. I really should open at least the door and get a little breeze. I just had the place de-frogged. I had a friend catch them and throw them out into the woods. I know they will find their way back in but PLEASE just for a little while I want to go in and not have the fear of one kamikaze its self on to me.

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