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Storm Formation

This is a discussion on Storm Formation within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Awhile back someone asked me what I do when we have a big storm coming. ...

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    Awhile back someone asked me what I do when we have a big storm coming. In Florida, sometimes our afternoon storms can make a mess, especially the windy ones. But the big ones mean I have to move everything into what I like to call, the storm formation. I start by putting my smallest shelves behind the bar (aka potting bench of the orchid bar lol). I wedge large potted plants behind the smaller shelves and then begin putting anything tall onto the bar. On the outside of the bar, first I put my large shelves and then lay my vanda hanging rack behind that. Then I weave twine in between the shelves, back and forth. The way I figure...vandas can handle the rain so I put them on the outside to block as much rain as possible...sort of a curtain of vanda plants. It takes way longer to put it together than it does to put everything back where they go. Usually by the time i'm done my chair needs the batteries re-charged. lol

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    I ran across these pictures so I thought I'd post. It is a ton of work...but it's always enjoyable for me. Moving them around means I keep my areas cleaner and get to check them for bugs and issues every so often. Lets hope this will be a quiet storm season this year...

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    It may be a lot of work but it shows just how much you love your plants and as healthy as the look they are giving love back to you. Here is hoping that you have a summer free from bad storms.

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    Good job Connie. Hope you (we) do not get any direct hits this Hurricane Season. "Chantell" passed North of Barbados on Monday as a Tropical Storm and all the Warnings were issued for strong winds and rain. This sent me scurrying to take as many of my potted 'chids' into the garage, and the hanging Vandas into the laundry room. When both areas were full I just said a prayer and left the others where they were. Fortunately the storm passed with just a whimper. Some of the other islands up the chain were not so fortunate. I did not have fun putting them all back out the next day. Alas this is only July, and I could possibly have to do this several time over until October!!!
    Hope the storm passes you by as well.
    Good Luck.

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    Nice going Connie! I love the wall of vandas!

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    Clearly a labor of love and it shows. The last two times we had hurricanes in New England I brought all the orchids indoors, turn over the tables and then I use bungy cords to secure all the chairs and the grill to the deck railings. Henry (aka the split leaf something) is so large and heavy that I can't move him by myself so I've just left him outside tied up and hope for the best. So far he hasn't suffered one bit. Wishing you all a mild storm season this year. - martha

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    I know I cringe every time they mention storms coming this way. I am having constant rain right now, so I am already trying to keep ahead of infections. If we get a storm at this point i'm guessing i'm going to lose a few. Thankfully the vanda weather most of the rains. It is my cattleya collection that takes the humidity and rains the hardest. I hope we all have a very quiet year for a change. Last year I was exhausted from moving everything in and out by the end of the season. One of these days, if my health permits I need to take a vacation to Barbados so I can meet Angela and see her amazing collection and country. It sounds like we share the fun of summer squalls...

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    my catts have a hard time with the summer storms also, that is why I'm liking vandas more and more, if I have good spacing for air circulation it can rain with out a worry, but this season has me nervous, the storm that brushed up the west coast of Florida a few weeks ago caused tornado activity in a town about 30 miles west of us and ripped off some roofs and downed some huge trees. I would so move to Alaska if they had a beach and palm trees.

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    And here I was whining because I had to clear my little balcony for the power washers to come this week! Wow this must take you hours! How often do you need to do this in an average year? I promise, I shall never whine again!

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    I have to move them in and out of the greenhouse in the spring and winter...so that is twice even without the storms. lol With storms usually anywhere from 2-4 times on top of that. Depends on the weather. Actually I don't mind very much because it really does keep my growing areas much cleaner and I deal with a lot less bugs than I used to due to that. When you leave leaves and debris under your shelves you give bugs a place to hide and breed. It all works out...and I have great arm muscles these days. My girlfriends don't understand how I stay in great shape when I don't exercise or leave my house too often. LOL Little do they know...i'm lifting weights out back in the form of heavy pots. And you have to remember my secret...my wheelchair does 90% of the work for me. My husband will get mad when he finds one of the large planters has been moved...he thinks I pick them up. lol Nah..just push them and use my feet to steer the pot. You folks that don't have an electric wheelchair I feel for.

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