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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Orchids Out

30 May 2010 20:58:42
Cymbidiums, Pleione & Gardenia

Cymbidiums, Pleione & Gardenia

A couple of days ago I move my Hippeastrums (Amaryllis) outdoors for the summer. They have a snug place behind the greenhouse where they won't blow over and will get watered regularly.

Today I got to wondering where I could park my Cymbidium orchids for the summer. They are a bit top heavy and surely they should not be anywhere where they get watered by rain because we might get a wet summer! And they probably need a bit of shade from direct sun. What a headache!

I puzzled for a while and then decided to put the 4 Cymbidiums in the greenhouse. I found a spot where they won't get direct morning sun and then I put fleece between them and where the afternoon sun will be. I hope this is a good place. I can control watering and the greenhouse will be open all the time so they should get night coolness. I put my Pleione orchid and a Gardenia with singeing tendencies with them. 


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Clara Clara 30 May 2010 21:08:00

Rachel do you leave the greenhouse open all night ???


Rachel Rachel 30 May 2010 21:23:09

I do, Clare. I closed it the few nights when we thought there might be ground frost but otherwise everything stays wide open. Sometimes I close the overhead windows, if I expect wind.


fran m fran m 30 May 2010 21:38:21

I divide a Cymcidium today, what a job, hope it all goes well.


Lìga Lìga 30 May 2010 23:09:46

My pleones is outside,yesterday ,because wasn't sun,i toke out my big oncidium,and another wihtout name,..And soon i will take them out all(if could make there good protection from soon)except phaleanopsis.


Rachel Rachel 31 May 2010 00:20:06

They do have extensive roots all right, Fran.

I must think about taking the others out too then, Liga. Shade can be a problem in my garden.


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