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orchids weathering the storm

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 ...

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    athol is offline Junior Member
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    Default orchids weathering the storm

    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?

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    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.

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