Florida and orchids
Came down to Florida, from NY about a month ago. Brought some plants with me thinking they would be thrilled - not so. I'm having a tough time acclimating them to the conditions.
We are staying in Sarasota, which is on the Gulf coast. The house is on the water and there is a constant wind. Really lovely, although the weather was very hot last month, this month it is cooler with less humidity.
This is what I brought with me - 4 Phals (2 Equistris, 2 noids). 2 Catts (2 others died), Angraecum (1), Aerangis (1), Masdes (2), a few 'warm' intergenerics.
Lost a few plants due to the trip (car and autotrain). Heat was intense and I was surprised anything survived. Had a few large 'dirt houseplants' which survived the trip.
After getting settled, put all the orchids outside (except Masdes) in full shade. The weather was very hot and humid in September. I knew I was losing the Phals and moved them in the house.
Long and short, I keep moving everything around and nothing looks good. Masdes are fading, even in AC, Phals look terrible, Catts seem okay although they got sunburned and some rot. Now they just seem alive. Intergenerics are losing ground. They were spiking when we left NY but that's a distant memory! Don't expect them to make it.
The only plants which seem to be okay are the Angraecum and Aer. They aren't doing anything, but at least are holding their own. I haven't noticed any growth on anything.
I am find roots tips eaten as are some leaves. Not sure what is doing it as I don't see slugs. I do see small lizards (which keep scaring the hell out of me when they run out of the pots). Does anyone know if they eat roots?
My dirt plants are happy campers. Lots of growth and looking great.
I forgot, I also brought along two hard cane dens which seem okay. They are hanging in a tree and are still alive (which I consider good).
Sorry this is so long, but I would like to have a positive outcome. I actually told my plants I was bringing them to a better place where they would be so happy. I expected marvelous results, after growing in the cold Northeast for 20 years. I have never seen such miserable plants.
They are miserable! The Intergenerics are gonners, the masdes are close behind (I knew they wouldn't stand a chance), but the rest should adjust and do fairly well.
I am totally out of my realm. I had such high expectations. What a disaster this has been for my orchids. Its almost 2 months, I should have seen something positive by now. Any advice would be appreciated.