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When to bring them in from the cold

This is a discussion on When to bring them in from the cold within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Here in Northern Virginia it is starting to finally cool down , and I am ...

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    Question When to bring them in from the cold

    Here in Northern Virginia it is starting to finally cool down, and I am not sure of the right time to bring my orchids in. The temps will be in the 40-50's during the night. If it is easy I might just bring them on the cooler nights for awhile, and then outside in the morning so they can get the good light.

    I know that a few weeks of cool can start the flowering phase, and a few onc. have just started growing little spikes.
    The ones out there are mostly cat.'s,den, onc.'s and a phrag. perhaps some of them need to come in but others can stay out?

    When do you start to bring in your collections for the year?

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    Don't let them get below 45 is kind of my golden rule.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Don't let them get below 45 is kind of my golden rule.

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    I am on the west coast of Florida and we rarely get below that. For the rare times it does, can I just cover them? Or do I need to bring them in the house?
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    Connie,

    Some can go below 45 and be fine. I *think* in your situation, covering them would be fine. This is assuming you are growing catts, vandas, dendrobiums, and phals. I would not chance leaving them out if it was going to be to far below 45 or if it was an extended period of days.

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    You pretty much summed up my porch colletion. Outside of the three you named there are a couple mule earred oncids..... Hopefully it'll be a warm winter. lol The collection is filling the porch fast.
    Connie

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