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phals care in winter

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    Hi, I'm very new to growing phals, just bought few of them this year's summer. They have grown new leaves and looks healthy, but the problem is we here in northeastern India have a cold dry winter for few months i.e. from mid Nov to mid March, our temp can go as low as 4C at night but daytime around 18-20C my question is, what is the minimum temp for that phals can tolerate in cold winter's night and for how long???
    Any advice will be highly appreciated.
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    I bring my phals indoors when the temperature goes below 50 F (10 C). All orchids should be protected from the wind, when temperatures are low. Cold winds can cause a lot of damage. Phals continue to grow during the winter. They don't have a rest period like cattleyas do. They also have very little water storage capacity. So they need to be watered during the winter, although not as often as during the summer.

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    Hi Arwan,

    where do you grow your phals in doors or out doors and what are their IDs?. the idea would be mimic their weather in their natural habitat. you could grow them inside or bring them inside during winters.

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    Hi, Sriram Kumar,
    I grow my phals outdoors in a shade house, most of them are hybrids but no id. During daytime the temp in shade house is around 20-25C but as evening and night approaches the temp drops drastically to below 10C.
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    Hi Arwan,

    You might know that Phals are from the tropics. the range of temperatures it would do well would be between 15 degrees C to 30 degrees C. very low temperatures could have an impact on the plant . if there are a few plants, You could possibly look at brining your phals indoors or look at providing some heating/insulation in the shade house?. (covering the s/h with a bubble wrap to retain heat?)

    It does not go below 15 degrees in Bangalore so I am not hands-on winter protection. other folks could provide any other techniques

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    Thanks for all the advice, I'll try to keep them in a warm corner in my house at night, and hopefully they will survive, BTW one is in spike 9 or 12 cm tall and the other just started to appear from the side of the plant.
    I have a total of 5 blooming size phals and one small plant that I bought last year and was in a bad condition and manage to save it, but it is still very small as all the big leaves have fallen off leaving just two new leaves.
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