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Who lives in Southern California?

This is a discussion on Who lives in Southern California? within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've been hoping to see growing areas of people in my area who don't have ...

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    dshawn is offline Senior Member
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    I've been hoping to see growing areas of people in my area who don't have greenhouses. It would really help me to see if I'm on the right track. I'm growing on my balconies mostly on a townhome that faces west, i have my phals. a oncidium and a paph. inside. I have a number of cymbidiums, dendrobiums I grow outside. Over the last couple of years I've been obsessed with cattleyas and vandas these I grow outside when it's warm and I take inside in the evening during the winter. Am I nuts or does everyone take them in and out? California weather is 80 during the days and cold at night. I'm afraid to leave them out. Five of the vandas are a little bigger than seedlings. I know some of these need the change in temperature to bloom but I'm freaking out! So much for my stress relieving hobby.

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    It is a healthier stress, orchids!

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    I take my phals in and out daily during winter months, as day temp is warm and sunny and night time pretty cold for them. So you're not the only one whose gone nuts for orchids.
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    I take mine inside during the winter since here in Florida we get what is called "liquid snow" where it snows it just turns to rain before it hits us. This causes rot when it can pour for days straight. As for cold...some nights but not often.

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    I'm glad to hear I haven't totally lost it. It seems a little extreme but at least I haven't lost any(fingers crossed and knocking on wood). I passed up a vacation because I was afraid of losing my baby vandas.

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    i live in LA / hollywood area and grow orchids on my south facing balcony, with some shadecloth and trellis to provide some shade and shelter. it is always a risk to keep something outside the first year or two, but i have found a ton of orchids that can take our cold. even some vandas. like vanda paki. i have one spiking right now. a lot of oncidiums can take it too. and laelias and dendros... zygopetalums, all sorts. some things i do bring inside for winter and place in the south facing windows, but i am getting more experimental these days. i don't get frost, and the balcony is sheltered enough.

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    dshawn is offline Senior Member
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    Good to know. How about cattleyas? I've accumulated quite a few and I'm afraid to leave them out because of those cold nights we get.

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    Only plants that I can leave outside are cymbidiums.when my husband do the roof for my shade house and I need to move some plant outside,only 3 or 4 nights,the cattleya got cold damage on the leaf till now.

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    I was wondering if the damage on one of my catts was from the cold or heat. When I bought my first cattleya I left it out in the rain and it rotted. Now I bring them all in. The cymbidiums I've been covering with shadecloth because of the Santa Ana winds. Thanks for your input it helps alot.

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    i'm back after i found out my mistake.the cold damage happen because i leave all plants in the open area without protect with any cover or shade .i believed too much about major plant can handle the cold.

    all Cymbedium that i leave outside has some shade and protection,not in the way of draft or cold wind that's why they're o.k till now.Just to share my mistake here.

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