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 Post subject: Outside Odonts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:05 pm 
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I have had my odonts outside all summer in Aberdeenshire, with only some greenhouse shading as a screen to protect the plants. The leaves are all red and the new growths are very tough and healthy. One interesting thing has been the effect on one of the flowers. The following pics are of the exact same plant. The lighter flower is from last year when I was growing under lights. I am really surprised by the difference not only in colour but also size about 25% bigger outside. The plants clearly prefer the much higher light intensity along with the wind and rain.


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 Post subject: Re: Outside Odonts
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:49 am 
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A marked difference there Luke and I do prefer the richer colouring of the "outdoors" flower, but of course there are those who prefer lighter, pastel colours and would go for the "indoors" flower.

I've posted before about some gap-filling miltonias on their last legs, put outside in the elements: sun, wind & rain to defend for themselves or perish.
They really picked up and the most noticeable difference like yours, was the same tough, sturdy leaves.
When you see examples like this, it makes you want to put your whole collection outside ?

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 Post subject: Re: Outside Odonts
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I'm with Steve on my choice of colour........I much prefer the darker flower.

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Yes my preference is also the darker flower, I have heard that cool temperatures can enhance the colours. I am going to try a couple of my more "expendable plants" in an unheated greenhouse over winter as if I keep them dry they may survive.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:28 pm 
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My Angraecums, kovachiis and some multifloral paphs go outside when the weather becomes warmer in late spring They are not guarded against any of the elements except afternoon sun --- when we see it up North!!!

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The only reason I don't do it anymore is due to the nasties they pick up while they are out there.....I'm chasing a slug around my growroom as it is!

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Luke, I was in Medellin with Bob Hamilton & co a couple of weeks ago where I attended the AGM of the International Odontoglossum Alliance. Some interesting things coming along there.
By the way, the IOA does an occasional newsletter which is web only so if anyone wants to be included you need to let them know. As an example, I attach a special edition which they did for the me to circulate at the BOC Congress last year. Contact details are on the document, but please note they have now decided that NO subscription will be charged. A website is being created during the coming months. If anyone wants to EM me I do have the Spring 2017 newsletter which I can forward, but as it is over 3mb long I thought it unwise to post here.
Odontoglossums are beautiful plants and I cannot understand why more people do not grow them being cool growers.


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 Post subject: Re: Outside Odonts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:52 pm 
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My nearest city or region is: cambridge
I grow all my phrags outside over summer - all besseae hybrid types that like the cooler and windier situation.
They are on a north facing patio and receive sun from about 2 or 3 pm, so it can get quite hot sometimes.
They seem to like it and growth is at least as good as indoors.
They have enjoyed both the heat in June and the rain for the rest of the summer,
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