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Bad weather and outside growing - how?

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    Question Bad weather and outside growing - how?

    Hello everyone!
    I love to look at the pictures of orchid growing areas - it is so inspiring! And simply raises my mood immediately.

    But reading posts here about care and looking at the orchids growing outside in Florida I started wandering - HOW DOES IT WORK?
    How come wind and rains don't beat plants up? (Especially hanging ones);
    How insects don't chew them all up? (My new phal got it's new roots tips bitten off after just one night outside);
    How come plants don't get a crown rot after rains? (My symbidium got it after getting under it's first rain outside).

    Thanks in advance for enlighting me! All this orchid thing is really very contageous...
    Healthy plants to everybody!

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    My cymbidiums have been exposed to the elements over here in UK for a while now and so far so good, they have been rained on and blown about but the main protection I have is copper tape around the pots to stop those sluggy critters getting to my nice leaves. I checked only yesterday for crown rot but all I can assume is because it is windy over here these last few weeks it blows the crowns dry. I cant speak from much experience as these are the only ones I have outside for any lengh of time, I hope someone with more wisdom and experience can chime in.

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    Hi , I am in Missouri I decided to try putting a few outside this year,have tried it in the past and the high wind hard rain beat them up .
    I bought a canopy to put them under and beefed it up drove steel fence posts by the legs then wired the legs to them (good thing ).
    All was going well until last Tuesday when we got hail and wind gusts of 65mph + it blew in and beat up a few hanging on a rail near the edge the others are fine . I do not think it is a good idea to put them out without some kind of cover if your weather is anything like it is here . If they did not have cover would of looked like a salad shooter got them . Gin

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    I am in Florida and all my chids are outside but under a tent. Sun is too strong here and I baked a few leaves before but no dead orchids so far. I only have 2 on the sun facing east. They weren't happy under the tent for some reason and not they are out for about couple of weeks and I think they like it better. Their roots started drying and now since they are out I see new roots growing on one of them (both are the same- vasko). I hope both will recover now. However, if something comes from the ocean (hope not!!!) I am going to bring all in until is over. I have 3 in 1 fungicide with neem oil in it to avoid bugs. I am the only thing they sould be scared of...

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    I grow my large cymbidium outside. It takes a beating in the weather, but always looks so good when it blooms in the winter.

    Cheers,
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    Most of my plants outside are in hanging baskets.I only worry about the cold in winter and very high winds the rest of the year.If I hear that the winds are going to be very strong, I move them onto the porch for more shelter.Last winter there were many nights that I had to move all my outdoor plants into my bathroom and living room. Naturally,the plants grow in trees and do get beat up for time to time. Take Care,Rich

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    I grow everything outside under a lathe house on the south side of the house and on trees. I would say 3/4 of them are in hanging baskets. Fortunately our prevailing winds are from the north so they are protected most of the time, if a strong wind or storms are called for I put the big guys down on the ground and move the smaller ones closer to the house. I move the blooming chids into the patio so the rain doesn't beat them up. I have to have a pest and fungus control schedule depending on the season. Everyone comes in ( except for the ones on the trees) for cold weather and hurricanes.
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    My orchids are outside for only a few months. Prevailing storms during late spring/summer tend to hit us from the south west. My 'chids rest on the north side of my house sheltered from the worst of the wind driven bad stuff. It helps that I am in a hollow, surrounded by hills on all four sides.

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    I see... it actually IS possible to grow them outside. What do you all use for pest control? I've already found a few bunches of eggs layed on my only little vanda. It feels like if I wouldn't found it - my vanda would get eatten up overnight by larvae... It also makes me wander - I probably missed a lot more eggs then I found... Agh...

    And how your plans take the stress of changing environment twice a year ( getting out of the house and later back in)?

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    Part of my plants go outside in spring after night temps stay above the middle 50s those that like high temp and light really like it. Some intermediate and cool growers stay in the house in the AC. Some of those go out in fall and stay out for the lower night temps that they need to trigger blooming, coming in before frost. My yard is shady most of the day so a tent or lath house is not needed. High winds cause a mad rush to get everything inside.

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