Orchids forum: When to rescue my Vandas?

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 21, 2013 9:44 AM CST
Well, we actually do have a "cold" front threatening to come this far south next week. Night temps are forecast to plunge into the low 60's F. So far we have only had one night that went below 70 this fall.

I have my first Vandas, purchased this spring in Apopka, and would appreciate some advice on when I will need to whisk them indoors. I have one in spike, and I'm worrying that it might abort its flowers when the temperatures suddenly drop.

What temps will they tolerate?
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 21, 2013 4:49 PM CST

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I figured the Floridians here will answer that?

I can only tell you what I do with them here in NJ - when night temperatures fall steadily into the fifties F with an occasional 49 thrown in, mine come inside. Those temperatures with sunshine early mornings are no problem, but if the lower temps are coupled with rainy miserable weather, I might grab them a bit quicker.

To me there is a difference between staying happy and surviving near freezing temps....I want them to stay happy.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 21, 2013 9:01 PM CST
Me too, so I will watch the forecasts like a hawk maybe starting next month.

Our most knowledgeable Floridian has a lovely huge greenhouse with a pool in it, remember? Jim's at the Master Gardener annual conference this week I think. He doesn't have to worry about his 'chids getting too cold, the lucky dog.

Luckily, our cold fronts are usually pretty fast moving. It warms up and gets sticky, rains and then the sun and drier cool air blows in behind the front and it gradually warms up again, it seldom stays cool and rainy for any length of time.
Elaine

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Oct 22, 2013 3:28 PM CST
Mine are out in even cooler temps than Ursula. But if they aren't bone dry by night, the green root tips turn brown and set the plant back a bit. If they are still damp by night, I carry them in.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 22, 2013 4:06 PM CST
Great, thanks Kathy. This makes me feel more confident to look after them. Wouldn't you know there's rain and the first cold front due tonight.

Here's my Aranda Jairak Heartthrob ready to pop. Only one bud has blasted, so I have high hopes.

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Elaine

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