What are the best outdoor orchids for coastal Cal?

stanofhJune 16, 2013

Besides Cymbidiums or Masdevallia's,Epidendrons,..what can be expected to thrive? I have my eye on Dendrobium aggregatum/lindyei as a good z17 Sunset orchid. Maybe Laelia orchids..but I want exact names!. Too many if just you just tell me the family,I would like to know whats worth ordering or looking into at least.

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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

I find Dendrobium kingianum, bletilla (in ground or pots), Sobralia macrantha and Phaius tankervilliae all thrive without a fuss in my garden.

edit addition: Laelia anceps also thrived, although I don't have any at this time. I am sure there are other orchids, in addition to the noted Cymbidiums and epis, that I cannot think of right now.

This post was edited by Gyr_Falcon on Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 0:49

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 12:46AM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

Brassavola nodosa (Lady of the Night) Although mine was a reluctant bloomer, it was a good grower outside.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 12:56AM
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Sobralia!..I had heard those did well. Thanks for bringing that up. And that Dendrobium sounds like a good one. What do you think of the yellow flowering D. aggregatum? I have Dendrobium 'Comet King' easy as pie-most of the time. Too wet is a no no.
Thanks..and if have more to list,I'm listening.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 4:27PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

I have never grown D. aggregatum, so I can't help there. The D. nobile-types grew fine outdoors, but the different watering schedule they needed to induce blooming became a problem when I traveled and family members took on the task. So I gave them away.
I have some other ones I grew outdoors, but I need to go through my photo files to refresh my memory on their names. I won't have access to that computer until I get home in 5-7 days.
The individual sobralia flowers only last 1-2 days, but on the larger plants the bloom period can cover weeks. That is fortunate, because they always seem to come into bloom when I vacation in July! I like the foliage on them, so don't mind their appearance during the non-bloom season.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 1:16AM
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