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This is a discussion on orchids weathering the storm within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've placed my orchids (a dendrobium and cymbidium) that have ended their flowering period outside ...
I've placed my orchids (a dendrobium and cymbidium) that have ended their flowering period outside under a tree, where they get some morning sun and lots of air movement and last night they got a hell of a storm including hail, i thought they would have been smashed to bits but this morning they were standing tall, now this kind of storm is more the rule than exception here in summer, am i being reckless?
I have shelves with wheels. We get windy here and water spouts are forever hoping around the area. Having the wheels means I can go out and pull the shelves back farther with little or no trouble. I also switched some of my plants in clay pots to square baskets so they don't tip over so much. I got tired of cleaning up broken pots a long time ago. You aren't crazy...but it is risky. If you are handy, maybe you could make a wood frame, at top make grooves that you can slide a piece of plywood into for a removable roof. It would at least protect your favorites from those balls of ice raining down.