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L. Anceps: how low do you go?

This is a discussion on L. Anceps: how low do you go? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It has been a super hot summer, lots of 90s and humidity. The cooler days ...

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    Default L. Anceps: how low do you go?

    It has been a super hot summer, lots of 90s and humidity. The cooler days are 87 degrees! Now a cool front is coming in and it is predicted to be 45 overnight later this week. My L. Anceps is in sheath (miracles do happen) and I wondered how cold they like it. I plan to move the rest of my outdoor collection into the garage for the night, except the mini cymbidiums.

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    I think 45 degrees is too cold for this plant, especially since it is in sheath. You don't want to do anything that will cause the buds to fail. I'd move it to the garage. Into the house might be too much of a change, and that could also cause the buds to be lost.

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    anceps is a mexican species and can tolerate 45 no problem. Mine is outside all year, it is currently in the low 40s every night.

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    Huh, and that would be okay even in sheath? What will happen when I move it into the house in early October? Will that be a shock to go from outside to indoor (70) temperatures?

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    L anceps can tolerate down to freezing, even below, but I wouldn't give it that suddenly if it's been used to 80s and 90s and it's set buds. The sudden drop won't hurt the plant, but the flowers might be another story. Personally, I would do the garage thing until its done blooming, then you can keep it outside if you want.

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    Hi, Louis. I don't think that it has set buds, it has not been in sheath all that long. Is what you mean that below 50 degrees, say, I should put it into the garage every night? I was not sure. Of course, the new bambino is due around Thanksgiving so those trips to the (non-attached) garage get longer and longer....?? After that, they are lucky to get watered for a while!

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