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This is a discussion on Hurricane and Storm Preparation for Orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Not sure how many people here are in the area to be affected by Hurricane ...
Not sure how many people here are in the area to be affected by Hurricane Matthew over the next few days. I am in Miami and although we are expecting heavy rain and tropical storm force winds up to approx. 70 MPH later tonight and into tomorrow, it does not seem that we will get a direct hit -- unlike the rest of the east coast of Florida sadly.
My house is shuttered and I am just getting ready to bring my orchids that are hanging outside into my garage and office area before the weather starts to get worse.
Following are some general tips for preparing your orchids for a hurricane (or other storm), courtesy of orchid expert Dr. Martin Motes:
When a hurricane is looming one should run all the orchids as dry as possible to reduce the threat of fungus and bacteria. But contra-intuitively, just before the storm strikes one should saturate the orchids to the max. Now is the time to do that. First, because we want the plants to be as heavy as possible to help prevent them being blown away or about. Second, because if one's water source is a well, electricity for the pump may be off for days or even weeks. Thoroughly watered plants will be much happier should this occur. Even if you are able to bring all your collection inside, water them thoroughly with two to three applications spaced a few minutes apart. They will be perfectly happy for a day or two without water and we will all have enough mess to deal with without watering orchids in the house.
Remember, wind velocity increases exponentially as height increases. Get your plants as close to the ground as possible but off the ground as flooding may saturate them with fungus and bacteria. Usually it is not wise to attempt to cover them with a tarp or shade cloth as the whipping of the cloth by the wind likely will cause more harm than the wind itself.
If you are growing under shade cloth, the cloth should be furled tightly to protect it. Bright burning sun is typical in the wake of a hurricane and shade will be invaluable If you are growing under trees be prepared for the possibility that the protective canopy will be destroyed. Have a plan to protect your plants from sun burn.
Good luck and please feel free to share this information with whomever may benefit from it.
Last edited by Monks-in-Miami; October 6th, 2016 at 02:39 PM.
Keep your head down Monica!
Just got finished bringing all of my orchids in, shade cloth down and the shutters are up, now sit back and hope the electricity does not go off and leave us with no a/c that is no fun, been there done that before, once for 23 days!!
Thanks Monica. All orchids are in, boarded up and like Jack hoping electricity won't be out for too long. But of course hoping all stay safe. This could be a pretty bad one. I'm in the Daytona Beach area.
You could get it much worse then what we are getting, stay dry and safe!!
Looks scary. Stay safe
How are you doing?
I'm not anywhere near that but Thanks for posting all this useful info.