of culture sheets at bottom)
Our care advice is based on our success
in our growing environment. You will need to taylor
this advice to your environment.
Every growing area has microclimates; corners or areas that are always
a little cooler or warmer, wetter or drier than the majority of the space.
We use these to our advantage. Being aware of these microclimates allows
us to grow a wider range of plants and enables us to keep the plants we
do have growing happily. We dont always have the luxury of time
to move plants around during the year. Placing them in the right microclimate
can mean the difference between life and death for some orchids.
Take the time to know your microclimates!
Were in Montana
Theres hardly a winter we dont get temperatures below zero.
When its that cold out, we heat to keep the temperature at a minimum
of 58°F. On cold, cloudy winter days sometimes our daytime highs in
the greenhouse are the same as our nighttime lows. There are variations
depending on the location within the greenhouse. Near the outside walls
(like near a window in a home) the temperature will be more like the outdoor
temperature. A few degrees can make a big difference to some plants! We
frequently get stretches of heat in the summer that exceed 100°F.
We do our best, with water and air movement, to keep the maximum greenhouse
temperature at 94°F.
Some important considerations when choosing your orchids are temperature,
light, water with other variables to consider like type of potting or
plaquing. To some extent, you can make the right spot for
the plant you need but its much easier to pick a plant
that will like the environment you already have. That said, one of us
really wants to grow a Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. We do NOT
have the ideal conditions for a Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. But every few
years one of us buys a Dendrobium cuthbertsonii in hopes that with enough
tender loving care and a spot in that other area of the greenhouse that
it might live. One of us has spent a good bit of time, money and frustration
on Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. I just smile and feel happy that my
favorite must have orchids [aerangis] thrive in our environment.
I do know that its nearing that time to try a Dendrobium cuthbertsonii
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(fleshy leaved Dendrobiums)
Our articles from ORCHIDS
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