I also read it. Everything ok guys?
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This is a discussion on Arctic blast , hope every one is doing ok within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; reading some news on arctic blast in U.S east coast and Canada. hope folks , ...
reading some news on arctic blast in U.S east coast and Canada. hope folks , orchids & their pets there are safe & fine.
I also read it. Everything ok guys?
Colorado weather is very unpredictable. The cold was here the last 3 days and has now moved east and south. This morning on my way into work at 5:15 am, it was 47 F when I got to work at home it was about 32 F. On this day, the lower elevations are colder than higher and my office is about 400 ft higher in elevation and that is enough to get into the warmer air. It's called a temperature inversion.
Well, we had a horrible thing happen with the greenhouse. The heater stopped working and had it not been for the two small oil-filled electric heaters we use to keep the gas bill from being outrageous - we would have lost everything. The high here yesterday was 17 and the low 3 degrees Fahrenheit. For the last two days the heater didn't work and we were not aware. Yesterday afternoon I found a water pipe had burst along the back wall of the greenhouse and had sprayed all across the orchids along the rear wall (kool-cell wall). The plants were icy.
Anyway, long story short - I cut off the water, we repaired the gas heater (needed a new thermal coupler) and added in another oil filled electric heater. We also moved the plants from the end where they were sprayed with water to the center of the greenhouse, but I suspect everything along the walls and especially those that were icy will be lost. The dendrobiums and phals have already dropped their leaves. Not smiling today much... but thankful we didn't loose everything. I have a feeling this spring we are going to have a lot of dead orchids and much more space in the greenhouse. It is 8 degrees outside right now and we just checked the greenhouse - seems warm in there and the big heater is still working. On Wednesday it is supposed to get up into the 40's here. I'll repair the water pipe then - to cold to mess with water right now.
Anything we can do to help?
BD, Sorry to hear about the horrible incident. hope the iced ones survive and weather gets better from now.
Saw the terrible conditions on TV. Hope everyone is OK and the plants don't suffer too much. Even we over here are having a prolonged 'cold spell' with night temps in the lower 20C for nearly a month...... hahaha that's 'cold' by our standards. Our deciduous dendrobiums should bloom well this year.
Sorry to hear the greenhouse trouble, BD.
Houston had two coldest nights, with low at 20s. A space heater is running non-stop inside of my portable tent/greenhouse, it managed to keep the temp above 45.
Everything is fine here, but we are too far west to get the big cold. My daughter in MI has been "enjoying" a blizzard the last couple of days. I'm glad she's on her days off atm and not having to drive. She did get run off the road by a semi on her way home a couple of days ago - ended up in the ditch and someone pulled her out, she's fine. She's been posting some snowy, windy, cold pictures. Her small orchid collection should be fine, they are inside and well heated.
Sorry about your greenhouse, BD, its always hard to deal with those things when its nasty cold out and, of course, that's when they happen. I hope you have good luck and more of your plants recover than you expected! I hope the rest of you are well!
Bummer! Sorry to hear about Bruce's greenhouse. I've read that there is such a thing as a greenhouse alarm that will alert you if temp drops below a certain number.
Yesterday our high here in Ky was 2 degrees F and the low was -5. We don't get this cold but once every 20 years or so. Nobody knows how to deal with it and they cancel school, etc. Today it will warm up to a balmy 12 degrees F!