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I've been keeping my moth orchids on my balcony in the shade. I've noticed that one of them has a leaf that recently split. Is that because the last few days in NYC we've had 95 - 100 degree temperatures. Should bring them in til the heat wave passes ( supposedly tonite ) ?
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Old 08-14-2016, 03:29 PM
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I would bring them inside especially if you have ac and the temps inside are in the 70's. I feel your pain on the heatwave. 90* weather here in Maine is killing me.
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:19 PM
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Splitting leaves is common, I have a few which do it, and they are in an atmospherically controlled warmhouse, which has a heater in winter and evap cooling in n
the summer. They get pampered better than me....... and it STILL happens.
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My entire summer growing season is in the 90 F + range, mostly 95 F to 100 F, I notice no increase in splitting during that weather. When I do see splitting it is usually related to something 'mechanical'. I would keep the plants outdoors if they were mine.
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I've never had phal leaves split due to heat - I'd leave them outside as well and let them enjoy the warm weather outside while they can.......
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I never worry too much about damage with the leaves as long as they do not look infected. I have other plants and the leaves are not perfect so imperfect orchid leaves are not too much of a concern, either. They continue to support the plant.
Most of the common Phals tend to enjoy the heat.
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