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My risk in outdoor orchid growing

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    My intent is to move as much of my orchid collection as possible (or I have shelf space for) outside for the summer beginning probably in mid-May (the Cymbidium will get outside earlier). One major risk, and it is a risk for any plant outside, is hail. Colorado probably has more hail than any place is the USA and perhaps worldwide. My home has had hail once, each of the last 2 growing seasons.

    2 years ago on June 7. Hail hit my home, which wiped out my entire veggie garden, which forced me to replant. Didn't get my first tomato until mid-August that year. Lettuce and spinach pounded in to the ground and shredded. Peppers gone. Eggplant gone.

    Last year, I don't remember the date, but I was just at the edge of a hail storm. In that storm, a 1/2 mile away, needed snow plows to come out and clear the freeway of the hail. It was a foot deep. I only suffered minor damage to my garden on this one.

    So I ask, how do orchids do when they encounter hail? Do they get beat up but recover? Do they just get too beat up and die?

    Other growing seasons, we didn't get any hail at my house but hailed in other areas within 50 miles of home. The damage done when hail does fall is overwhelming and not to be taken lightly

    What do people think?

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    I would definitely protect them from hail. They aren't any tougher than your veggie garden I'd think. Now, I've never had my orchids hailed on, I am more concerned by sunburn here once it heats up. I just put mine in the shade under the trees in the front yard (mostly they stay in the house actually). Would having them under a tree canopy protect them from hail? Does it hail once summer starts, or is that a spring/fall thing?

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    I have family in Manitou Springs and last summer they sent me a picture of what looked like snow in June. It was hail!!! We often get hail here as well. HUGE HAIL. Softball size hail destroyed my car in 1995...a total loss!

    That being said, a nice net of shadecloth strung over your growing area certainly wouldn't hurt. I'd want something to break the fall to lessen the impact.

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    Actually it was August 14th last year. I just found the photo. So much hail in Colorado Springs it looked like snow!!!


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    We can get it pretty much from spring thru fall.

    I suppose it will have to be a risk I run.

    Not much different than the farmers and their crops having risk via hail.

    I don't have a tree to put them under and depending on how of a hail storm may pass, The leaves on the tree would only provide any protection until they were stripped off the tree from hail. Then the hail would have clear path to the orchids below.

    My orchids will be on the north side of a wall between my neighbors and my unit and the north side of between our yards with a wooden 5.5' fence. And my cymbidium on the north side of my deck stairs that will give it more sun.

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    Shadecloth is pretty strong. Maybe rigging up a shadecloth ceiling for the plants would work. I had one when we lived in CA to protect them from the sun. It was cheap to build a frame using 1x2s. Stretch shadecloth over frame. Staple. Installed at an angle, the hail would probably just bounce off onto the ground.
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    Thanks for the photo of the hail remains.

    This is pretty common with our hail storms if you are in the epicenter of the hail. Since I have lived in Colorado, I have seen stories of 2 feet of hail from a storm on local news. That amount is usually very localized and not widespread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    My orchids will be on the north side of a wall between my neighbors and my unit and the north side of between our yards with a wooden 5.5' fence. And my cymbidium on the north side of my deck stairs that will give it more sun.
    Why the north side? Nothing at all will grow on the north side of my house, even without a wooden fence there. The weather comes from the west, usually, or the north/west. I would think that a north exposure would make your plants even more vulnerable to the hail and not give them enough light.

    We have hail often here in NE Wyoming, but I've only had real damage one year in the last ten. My plants/garden are all on the south/east side of the house, and they are sheltered from the weather, but get full sun. No orchids out there, but lots of other things. I'd sure love to build a greenhouse on the east side of the house for the orchids - so I can have my bathroom back..., but it's not in the budget.

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