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Old 10-23-2008, 02:07 PM
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Default Winterizing time...Looking for Placement Advice

Yep, it's time for the pre-winter Ultimate Location Exstravaganza!
I am finalizing placement of my collection, both inside the GH and in the HH,(House House),on light tables and under lamps, and I am dealing with some species I've acquired over the past year that I wonder about placement.
Here's the list;
Pescatoria wallisii
Trichopilia pulchrum
Catasetum pileatum
Paraphal. serpentilingua
Several Standard Cyms,(trying cyms this year)
Several Mini-cyms, reputedly "indoor cyms"
Comparettia SPECIES,( have a nicely growing Comparettia macroplecton that I've done well with so I may just do the same, except the species are just out of the compot so will need more humidity for a while)

The GH is a combo "Florida Room",(roofed but with ceiling to floor windows on the 3 free walls,(E,S,W), the south wall having been extended outward like a bay wall with overhead glaze. It's generally a cool gh during winter, with temps furthest away from the heaters down to 45 during the super cold snaps. I generally pull all the plants away from the windows and cold spaces, centrally locating them in the warmer zones during the teens to sub-zeros(F) periods of time.
During fall and spring the gh is intermediate to WARM, depending on sun and location. I can humidify as much as I want, plenty of plants to help support that.
Have a couple of small fans to do air movement.

Inside the HH, light tables and humidity trays abound.
Mid to low 60's at night, 70's in the daytime.
The lamps actually help heat the house.

Okay, so.........
Advice please!
On any single plant, or all, if you feel so inclined.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:19 PM
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I mostly grow cymbidiums, and do so in a cool house (though cold house is probably more appropriate)--I run with night temps around 43F for the bulk of the winter. If we have a lot of snow cover and bright sun, I may have the gh up to 76-78F during the day, but most days I run about 55-58F. I grow the bulk of my cymbidiums in full sun while in the gh. You will probably need to water them about 1x every week or so, unless you have a string of sunny days and the outside vents are running frequently. I have had the gh down to 38F with do damage to the cymbidiums or to their spikes, though if you get much colder than this you will lose spikes...
I can't give you advice on the rest, but I'd guess most would do well under 60F nights (which would cause spikes to blast in most hybrid cymbids...aside from caniculatum crosses or those made with "chinese" species...)
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