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Phalaenopsis challenging me to a battle of wits (and winning...)

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis challenging me to a battle of wits (and winning...) within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by Teena By the way, my ficus had a lot of leaf drop ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teena View Post
    By the way, my ficus had a lot of leaf drop in the winter but recovered every summer and then grew so tall I had to find a new home for it since it out grew my space. I turn my heat down in the winter to 52F and it gets quite cold at night and I've yet to lose a plant and I don't baby a one of them. - martha
    Thank you all so much for the information!! It sounds like these plants are actually a lot less fuss than I have heard; if you water them but not too much and put them somewhere sunny from what you are all saying they pretty much take care of themselves

    About the temperature, I should have been a bit more clear. I live in an old building with gas heating, I cannot leave it on overnight, even in the dead of winter. We have to rely on a wonderful down comforter to keep us and the kittens warm (and a ton of little hidey holes that are insulated), and the heat retention of the inner walls, which is all the plants get. This is why I had to bag my ficus this past winter, it was like -10 in the apartment overnight... The orchids didnt seem to mind, but better to know what their lowest tolerance is in case this winter is worse like the weathermen are predicting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solus View Post
    Thank you all so much for the information!! It sounds like these plants are actually a lot less fuss than I have heard; if you water them but not too much and put them somewhere sunny from what you are all saying they pretty much take care of themselves

    About the temperature, I should have been a bit more clear. I live in an old building with gas heating, I cannot leave it on overnight, even in the dead of winter. We have to rely on a wonderful down comforter to keep us and the kittens warm (and a ton of little hidey holes that are insulated), and the heat retention of the inner walls, which is all the plants get. This is why I had to bag my ficus this past winter, it was like -10 in the apartment overnight... The orchids didnt seem to mind, but better to know what their lowest tolerance is in case this winter is worse like the weathermen are predicting.
    You give new meaning to sleeping cold overnight! I, too, have the wool socks, down comforter and cat heater solution in place plus a wonderful invention I discovered a few years ago, a heated mattress pad! Nirvana. You can also give your Ficus a hot water bottle when you put it to sleep at night in it's insulated bag.

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    Lesson from an AOS judge: if you want more humidity for your plants, place them closer together. It was his opinion that humidity trays did almost nothing in an open room.

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