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Cattleyas, Encyclias, Cymbidium OUTSIDE IN THIS HEAT!

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    Default Cattleyas, Encyclias, Cymbidium OUTSIDE IN THIS HEAT!

    Okay, so we're not quite melting - it's only 106F here today (108 tomorrow, 104 Sunday and Monday), but I have 2 Encyclias (species) 3 Catt species and a Cym on my deck - out of the sun, but the temps I gave are in the shade.

    Question: Can any of them withstand this kind of heat - if so, do I have to keep spraying them? Or should I bring them inside where it's about 75F? Is that too much of a temp drop? One of the Catts is almost in bloom, too.

    Can anyone help????

    Thanks,

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    Most cattleyas and all encyclias that I know of can take that kind of heat. I don't grow cymbidiums so I really don't know about them. Both catts and encyclias like to dry out between waterings but don't let them stay dry too long in this heat. Mine are in very fast drying medium and I water three times a week during the summer. But slower drying mediums would require watering less. If any of them have a lot of aerial roots, you can mist the aerial roots occasionally to provide extra moisture. You don't need to mist the leaves, it doesn't help the plant much and it can encourage fungus.

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    They can take the heat as long as there is air movement. Have you thought about investing in one of those misting fans? I've seen them online and in the big box stores. I know you are on a balcony but I would think there would not be too much run off if you switched it on and off several times a day? The one thing about that kind of heat is the blooms won't last long.

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    We had several days 105 heat. Several of my catts grow outside, they are adapting. I do try to water them everyday around 5PM.

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    same boat here, 107.6 today, been like this for days.... my cat african beauty hasnt been open but for a few days and the heat has already started to desiccate the poor little buggers....it's a rough time for us fancy flower folk!! getting a years worth of rain in one week followed by insane temps.... best of luck t us all!

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    My cattleyas and cymbidiums go to the shadehouse during summer and they have been fine with temperatures as high as 110F under the shade.
    During extreme heat, I water the orchids every other day since the pots dry up faster.
    There are summer days where I could water the orchids in the morning and the pots are completely dry before sunset.

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    THey should be fine, but be sure to water ever two or at the most three days so they are not dry for too long.

    It is hot here too! Stay cool.

    cheers,
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    Thanks everyone!!!!!

    I have left them outside and made sure they were well watered. My C. harrisoniana 'Blue Volcano' burst into bloom early this morning, so I brought it in so I can admire it. The others seem okay so far, which is good because it's going to be 108F today as well as tomorrow. I wish I could invest in a misting fan, but we have no electrical access outside, so human mechanics will have to suffice.

    I really appreciate the input, because I honestly was at a loss as to what to do.

    I'll post the 'Blue Volcano' as soon as I get a decent photo of it. I'm sort of out of practice, since I've hardly had anything in bloom for weeks and weeks - getting down to 18 orchids has been a bit of a shock.

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