F. Pigment (timetoknowbe) wrote in orchidculture,
F. Pigment
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Choosing Orchids?

I browsed the Memories and couldn't find anything along these lines. I apologize if this is a common question.



I really want to start growing orchids, and I've been reading up on them as much as I can, but I'm struggling a bit with deciding what type I should attempt to grow. I was wondering if anyone could give me some recommendations for what would be ideal in the different environments I have. I've read about temperature ranges, but most websites I've found simply describe some types as being good for indoors, while the temperature range is nothing like the inside of my apartment. Anyway, here's the situation.


Outside: I have an apartment in Savannah, Georgia. Obviously growing outside is an option (I think) but my porch faces south and only has shade from a wall on the eastern side so the high summer temps would be an issue. I wouldn't mind growing something outside, but this is really just a last-resort, if the other conditions are maybe a bit more difficult to work around.

Inside:

1. The room I spend the most time in is on the third story, with one large eastern window, and two large southern windows (excellent light). I also have a bathroom on the side with huge northern windows. The problem with this is that I keep this area 65 degrees, on average--sometimes lower, but never below 58 and never above 72. It's almost always between 65-68, and this seems too low for most of the orchids I've been reading about. I guess windowsills will be a little warmer than the rest of the room, but I'm not sure it'll be enough.


2. I have a downstairs room that isn't controlled by my beloved thermostat, but by the landlord's thermostat (if anything). It has a south-facing window, can be a little stuffy but does have some air circulation (I just can't control it), and in midsummer (daytime) seems to stay in the high 70s, low 80s, and in the dead of winter maybe in the mid to high 60s. The temperature during the night fluctuates mostly based on the outside temperature, so I'd say that would be ideal. Oh, and the downstairs window is the only window I have with actual blinds, none of my upstairs windows have any covering at all.

I know it'll partially depend on what I can find (and what's in my budget), but if you can offer any tips on what would be able to tolerate these conditions, I'd appreciate it. I really want something that can handle the upstairs cold room (where I spend most of my time), but settling for my sparse, neglected porch, or my stuffy studio, will work.

Thanks for any input <3
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