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It's only August, but winter is coming

This is a discussion on It's only August, but winter is coming within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Thanks Julie for refering to my threads ... Hehheeeeeee ... Well, Mehera, orchids for the ...

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    Thanks Julie for refering to my threads ... Hehheeeeeee ...

    Well, Mehera, orchids for the dreary days of winter that can tolerate a somewhat cool-ish, and dry-ish conditions?
    Oncidium intergeneric and catts come to my mind first. Paphs is another good choice. Species is hit or miss, and you don't know until you try. Masdevallia is certainly a possibility. If you are going to try cymbidium, why not some zygo hybrids? They grow like cymbidium and flower during fall to early winter. Very fragrant blooms and their scent alone is worth the effort. Just take them inside the house during months with frost and let them spend late spring/summer/early fall outside.

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Thank you all for your helpful ideas. I am about to order some plants with your input in mind, but I wanted to clarify a couple of things before I order wrong.

    I am interested in giving cymbidiums and zygos a try. I have only found a few places that seem to carry them, the specialized places are too complex for me to choose and their websites aren't very friendly. So I am about to order from a place with a small selection, but a 20% off sale! I have chosen a couple different cyms and a zygo that are said to flower in the winter. The cyms are said to be warmth tolerant, which I hope is OK in my non-warm conditions. Also, I want blooming sized plants, and although different pot sizes are offered, they don't say which ones are ready to flower.

    But my main question is: I am understanding that these need outside temps to set buds for the upcoming season. I suppose they will arrive straight out of some greenhouse; can I put them directly outside when I get them? We only have a month or so until frost--is that enough time to meet their needs to bud before they have to come back inside?

    I like to try new orchids, but only if I have a reasonable chance for success!

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    I don't know about Zygos, but put the cymbidiums outside now and feed them bloom food if you have any. I think they need at least 6 weeks to be sure of bloom set, but if you have a garage you can place them in there at night as it should be cooler than the house but not as cold as outside. The main think in your area would be to keep them from getting too dry.

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