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Winter growing in Florida

This is a discussion on Winter growing in Florida within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; In Florida we have temps of 75 during the day and 38 at night. This ...

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    In Florida we have temps of 75 during the day and 38 at night. This happens for 3 or 4 days then its back to 60 at night and 85 during the day. We usually end up bringing plants in and out, in and out. Its a real pain. This year I used an enclosed porch area for all my plants that don't really enjoy weather below 55.

    I used folding 4 ft tables, under the bed size storage bins, Cloths rack for vanda like hanging orchids, and fencing trellis style set up like a construction horse for mounts. I have four 65W grow lights with clip sockets that I can move around easily. Plus 2 bulb overhead.
    This is working out really well, I have my gallon sprayer for watering and by using storage bins I can easily water without getting making a mess. Windows for extra light or opening for air, I can also set up heaters if necessary.
    So far I haven't needed the heaters, 39 outside but 60 inside. Outside I have two shade houses that I have drop down plastic curtains for wind protection, which works for everything else. This set up made it so much easier this winter, One time in and out.



















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    Very nice set-up, Carol. We get temps a bit lower than you guys, and I'm afraid it's in and out with most of my collection. It does get old and I'm happy when mid to late Feb rolls around and most things can be out again for the year. What really gets me down is some of the very large potted stuff, like 2 1/2 - 3 foot bonsai, ect. Whew! That's work.
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    Great growing, Carol! I admire people like you, with all that effort and dedication you put into the hobby. And I thought growing orchids in Florida must be a breeze !!! No more complaining for me from now on about too much rain, too much sun ( maybe just a bit now and then).

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    Good setup, Carol. You are farther south than me. We have been down to 27 in the backyard so far this year. I've got all plants packed in the shadehouse and using heat. In fact I was just out there and turned it off. It will go back on around sundown.
    I am ready for SPRING!

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    I have thought of using heat outside, but I'm just now sure of safety, thought of using some spot lights to get some heat, but so far things are holding real well. Most things I worried about have been brought in to this set-up and are staying till Spring.

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    Carol, I started using propane tank top heaters. They are great in a shade house much like yours and mine. There is no fume build up. I have so many vandas in spike at the moment and it hasn't bothered any of them. I opened the door this morning and it was steamy and warm.
    Mine is just a shadehouse 10 x 20 x 8 with plastic covering it so I was worried sick.

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    Good job, Cathy. Those temps you describe sound so wonderful. I want to live with you for the winter. hahaha.... It was 23 here this morning when I left for rehearsal. I had ice on my windshield. Yuck!

    cheers,
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    Very thoughtfully organized Carol. Here in New Mexico I have the cold and dry conditions where a greenhouse is essential for so many orchids. At 5400 feet elevation we have lows in the teens to the 30's this time of year and highs in the 40's and 50's. This of course means heaters and humidifiers keeping the temps. at 60 degrees at the overnight low and in the seventies during much of the late morning/afternoon. I keep my humidity up in the sixties and plus seventy percent with humidifiers going 24/7. This spring when a evaporative cooler goes in this will help both high temp. wise and humidity wise. We have humidity levels here of 5% to 10% !! AL

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    BTW, Carol...are those pictures of your children and grandchildren?

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    Nice setup Carol. Be glad you're not where I am in N.W.Fl. It was 27° last night and 26° the night before. I'm on my second electric heater in the GH so far this year. Burned the first one out, luckily it happened during the day so I was aware of it right away. I have to keep everything in the GH all winter. Actually I grow GH all year because it's too much of a hassle to haul everything out in the summer. So send some of that warm weather up here to us in the panhandle, I'm waiting.
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