Many of our orchids are placed outdoors for the summer. The
greenhouse can get quite hot in the summer even with the various methods we
use to keep it cooler. We leave our Vandas, Paphiopedilum,
seedlings and other warm growers in the greenhouse. Many of the others
such as the Cattleyas, however, really seem to benefit from the cooler
nights and fresh air available outside the greenhouse.
Here you can see our orchids in their summer home outside the greenhouse
Pass your mouse over the photo to see what is inside!
We built a simple grow stand to keep them off the ground. A shade
cloth is secured over the top to keep them protected from the direct
sunlight. We cover the stand in periods of excess rain. They
seem to benefit from the rainfall and receive additional watering only if
necessary or when we want to fertilize. The back does not receive
direct sunlight and was therefore left uncovered to allow fresh air.
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